Josh Hallenbeck discovered that in educating monetary literacy to third-graders a few years in the past he discovered a couple of issues himself.
“I am an informed, about-to-be-34-year-old and I used to be taking notes on a few of it, and pondering, ‘Oh, that is good,'” says Hallenbeck, a board member and volunteer for Junior Achievement.
And to anybody who assumes a course on monetary literacy will result in yawns of boredom, he provides, “The youngsters simply ate it up.”
Junior Achievement is a nonprofit group that champions monetary literacy, work literacy and entrepreneurship efforts amongst kindergarten by Twelfth-graders.
Junior Achievement’s Seaside Bowl fundraiser, set for 12 to 2 p.m. Friday at Millennium Bowl in Maumelle, will assist the group proceed its efforts.
Groups of 5 will compete for trophies, which might be awarded for the perfect and worst scores, and there might be prizes for the best-dressed bowlers as nicely.
Participation is $50 per individual, together with bowling, meals and two drinks.
“Everybody attire up and does enjoyable stuff,” Hallenbeck says. “There’s going to be a raffle of Yetis and issues like that. It is an excellent occasion.”
Hallenbeck was on the committee for the final Seaside Bowl, and he admits he was skeptical when he discovered that it was scheduled on a Friday afternoon.
“You recognize, I used to be like, ‘Why are we doing this in the midst of a workday?'” he says. “But it surely was slammed. Individuals have been having a great time.”
Lots of the volunteers and supporters had taken the afternoon off to indicate up for the fundraiser, and after they bowled by the two-hour occasion a number of of them continued bowling.
“They only made a enjoyable afternoon out of it, and so they stayed even once we have been there cleansing up and placing up the tables,” he says. “They have been simply hanging out and having a great time.”
Hallenbeck acquired concerned with the group a few years in the past, shortly after he joined Mitchell Williams Legislation Agency as a patent and mental property lawyer.
He has an undergraduate diploma in chemistry and biology from John Brown College in Siloam Springs and had initially deliberate to go to medical faculty. He modified course and selected regulation faculty as an alternative. Within the interim, he helped develop a tutoring program for at-risk college students by Potter’s Home in Fayetteville.
The Toms Footwear enterprise mannequin was massive then, he says, referring to the corporate’s pledge to donate one pair of sneakers for each pair bought.
“It was like, do that for-profit factor and take a few of these income and do that different [nonprofit], good societal factor,” Hallenbeck says. “So we began this ACT tutoring program in Fayetteville, the place we’d cost increased charges to tutor individuals who may afford it for the ACT after which we’d take half of that cash and use it towards the tutoring program.”
Getting an opportunity to show the Junior Achievement monetary literacy curriculum reminded him how a lot he loved working with youngsters, and he was impressed by the educating supplies supplied.
“It was stuff I knew, my mother and father taught me these items in a roundabout way, however it was such a great reminder of primary monetary literacy. Everybody must know these items. This curriculum simply laid it out so properly,” Hallenbeck says.
Hallenbeck seems to be ahead to Seaside Bowl, however he enjoys the hands-on volunteer work simply as a lot.
He will get an opportunity to talk with college students about “invisible” cash versus “seen” cash — which means cash you do not see as you spend it utilizing a bank card — and in regards to the distinction between wants and desires and the significance of saving and donating.
“After all you need to spend cash, after which it is also vital to donate a reimbursement to the group,” he explains.
He additionally has the chance to share details about entrepreneurial efforts and to listen to the enterprise concepts college students have thought-about.
Hallenbeck’s first expertise in educating the Junior Achievement curriculum was digital — firstly of the covid pandemic — and he has labored with center and highschool college students by workshops and the like.
The older college students, in fact, have a special tackle life, and their questions and concepts tackle a special tone than these coming from elementary-age pupils.
The curriculum typically entails assembly with a category as soon as per week for 5 weeks, although the course he led for the third-grade class took a bit longer due to covid exposures and vacation faculty closures.
He loved the questions and feedback from the youngsters alongside the way in which.
“There was a shocking quantity of involvement. The curriculum consists of video games and little sport items and it consists of issues which can be related to third-graders that hold them concerned, in order that’s useful,” he says. “While you ask them, ‘Does anybody have a checking account?’ or ‘Does anybody lower your expenses?’ You’ll get every kind of fascinating and humorous responses.”
Hallenbeck enjoys sharing anecdotes from his Junior Achievement volunteer work along with his spouse, Jordan, a lawyer at Friday, Eldredge and Clark. She volunteers with AR Children Learn.
“Our volunteer work is certainly one of many issues we discuss,” he says. “it is one thing we each take pleasure in.”
For extra info or to register to bowl, go to arkansas.ja.org/occasions/index.