JA Volunteer Finds Happiness in Giving Back to the Community

For the past five-years, URS employee Jim Wall has been teaching the JA Our Region program to fifth graders in the Fort Mill region of South Carolina. Jim, who is a consulting engineer in the Piping Department at URS, has been teaching in the same classroom for the last three years. But when the teacher changed schools, she asked Jim if he would follow her to the new school and present to her classes there. Ann Elliott, executive director of JA of Central Carolinas, shared Jim's story.

Jim followed the teacher to the new school, where he had the opportunity to work with 21 new students. Jim said, "They are quick to learn and are always very responsive. I cannot express the fulfillment and joy I receive teaching these classes."

Through the JA Our Region program, Jim taught the students how businesses interact and support each other in the manufacturing of their products and about the important concepts of profits and losses. Jim said he was especially pleased this year when one of the students recognized him while he and his wife were attending an Italian Festival. The student introduced them to her mother, who said her daughter had told her all about JA and what she was learning. Jim was thrilled to hear that she had been excited enough about the program to tell her mom about it.

Jim is just one of Junior Achievement's fantastic ambassadors. He encourages all of his URS coworkers to get involved with JA by volunteering and to help make a difference in a child's life.

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