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JA chapter tops in growth

JACKSON — Junior Achievement of Mississippi (JA) is number one in the percentage growth in number of students served and number of classes comparing 2007-08 figures to 2008-09 figures, according to Jack Kosakowski, president of Junior Achievement USA.

Scherry Gilliland, JA Mississippi president and CEO, said, “Hard work pays off. We increased the number of students we reached from 5,407 to 10,100 for an 86.8 percent change from 2007-08 to 2008-09. Classes had a 76.1 percent change — growth from 213 in 2007-08 to 375 in 2008-09 — and we are working to continue that growth trend this school year.”

JA of Mississippi also attained a 99 percent change in the hours volunteers spent in the classroom. In 2008-09, there were 146,757 instructional contact hours, up from 73,826 in 2007-08.

Gilliland stressed that increased funding and additional volunteers are needed for the program to continue to grow.

A significant increase in funding is essential if we are to continue our upward trend of providing Junior Achievement programs to Mississippi’s students,” she said.

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