Local Junior Achievement Bowl-A-Thon is scheduled for Thursday at Vail’s Bol
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What: Junior Achievement Bowl-A-Thon, the organization’s annual fundraiser.
When: 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
Where: Bōl, in Vail’s Solaris building, 141 E Meadow Drive #113.
Cost: Corporate sponsorships are $1,000 for a team of five. If you and your buddies want to form a team, it’s $30 per person. From there they have a suggested $150 fundraising goal per person. That covers bowling, two pizzas, a pitcher of Coors Light and door prizes.
VAIL — The third annual Junior Achievement Bowl-A-Thon is Thursday, and you should be part of it.
This year’s event is at Bol, in Vail’s Solaris building.
More than 100 participants from two dozen companies are scheduled to hit the lanes to help Junior Achievement provide financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurial programs to local students. There is still room to participate.
The Bowl-A-Thon is Junior Achievement’s largest single source of funding, and this year’s goal is $20,000. Every dime of the proceeds goes to local Junior Achievement students.
Last year, Junior Achievement provided programs to 1,933 Vail Valley students during the 2013-14 school year. That number will top 3,000 local students this year, they said.
Proceeds provide funding for 25 percent of Junior Achievement programs.
The K-12 programs, taught by volunteers from the business community, cover the basic concepts of business and economics and emphasize the relevance of education.
JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT COACHES
Andy Larson is one of those Junior Achievement instructor/coaches. He’s an accountant and CPA by trade.
“I was blessed with parents who were financially savvy. I got to college and realized the rest of the world didn’t have that,” Larson said.
He got involved in Junior Achievement teaching locally about 10 years ago.
“The more economic and financial education people have, the better,” he said.
The local Junior Achievement chapter is part of the world’s largest organization dedicated to preparing young people to succeed in a global economy, Larson said. Junior Achievement provides programs for K-12 students, which focus on three key content areas: work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy.
Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 and firstname.lastname@example.org.