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Oklahoma State student connects university to Junior Achievement

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Jack Hedrick, career and technical education senior at OSU, has helped to bring the Junior Achievement program back to Stillwater Public Schools.
For the first time in more than 10 years, Stillwater Public Schools will have Junior Achievement programs thanks to an Oklahoma State University senior.  

Jack Hedrick of Canadian, a career and technical education senior at OSU, will help in securing funding and volunteers before May 30 to teach more than 2,000 students in the area. Last fall, 14 students, staff and faculty at OSU volunteered more than 120 hours to reach 329 kids in Stillwater, according to Joyce Montgomery, coordinator of the OSU Service-Learning Center.

Junior Achievement, launched in 1919, is the world's largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Through a dedicated volunteer network, JA provides in-school and after-school programs for students in grades K-12.  

JA offers educational programs that focus on seven key content areas: business, citizenship, economics, entrepreneurship, ethics/character, financial literacy, and career development. In Oklahoma alone, more than 35,000 students are taught JA programs.  For more information about Junior Achievement’s efforts, visit .  

Hedrick, who serves as district manager for Junior Achievement of Eastern Oklahoma, is in the process of establishing a local advisory board, securing more than 70 classroom volunteers, and securing funding for the development and sustainability of a local JA office in Stillwater.  

If you are interested in volunteering or sponsoring a student for $31, please contact Jack Hedrick at 918-406-1754 or by e-mail at .

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