Temple Elementary Students Honor JA Volunteer

Story from: Junior Achievement of Western New York

Jane Fosberg dedicates her life to the children of Falconer Central School District. A former teacher, principal, and superintendent, now retired, she continues to give back by teaching JA classes to first grade students at Temple Elementary School. She also established a fund at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation to provide continuing aid to teachers for student enrichment.

"Jane may have retired but she is embedded in the Falconer community and school district," said Temple principal, Holly Hannon. "She cares deeply and wants us to succeed."

Students in Lorraine Adams' class eagerly look forward to Jane's weekly JA visits. It is clear she has a special rapport with them. One of the important aspects of JA for first graders, according to Lorraine, is teaching students "...the difference between wants and needs and how money is used to buy needs (food, shelter, clothing) before wants." They also discuss professions/jobs helpful to the community. Preparing even the youngest children for the future, empowers them and increases their self-confidence.

In order to recognize Jane's contributions and to further students' understanding of giving back, Lorraine devised a point system based upon good behavior. Students work individually and in groups to earn points; the more they earn independently, the faster the entire class gets to 1,000 points. Each point is worth one penny and 1,000 pennies equals $10. Lorraine then donates the money and places it into a jar.

Over a two-year period, classes earned the equivalent of $60. The children decided to give the money to charity as part of learning to give back to the community and chose The Jane Fosberg Fund, which offers assistance to Falconer teachers developing special educational projects designed to enhance experiential learning. The students' generosity is a testament of their love for Jane and of her love for the children of Falconer schools.

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