Best Practices, Volume VI, 2004
School Business Partnerships Nuggets
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and be inspired by more incredible stories of adults
mentoring kids, kids reaching out to help in our community,
and how we are working together to bring our schools
and businesses together to shape our future.
Together for Our Youth by Steve Brezenski,
Employment Coordinator – Carrs
We all know that the future of our
society rests in the hands of today’s
children and youth. We also know that
our society is driven and funded through
commerce. In order for our world to
thrive and prosper for generations
to come, we need today’s children
prepared to take their places in the
world of business.
As with nearly everything today,
how we do business changes constantly.
Our children’s educators are
trained to teach the reading, writing,
arithmetic and so on. They are focused
on teaching and won’t be aware
of all the changes in markets and
ways of doing business. We, as businessmen
and women, are trained in the world
of work and involved with the constant
change. When business gets involved
in education, when business enters
the class room in cooperation with
teachers and students, our children
learn to apply what they are learning
in school to their futures. Such
cooperation will yield both college
and high school graduates who are
grounded in business and ready to
contribute. A high quality work force
will help ensure our continued success.
The Anchorage School Business Partnership
is an ideal mechanism for promoting
this level of achievement. When Anchorage’s
schools and business work together
to prepare our youth for the future,
we all win.
Achievement in Action by Jan Craig, Program
Manager – Junior Achievement
For 31 years, Junior Achievement of
Alaska has been in partnership with
businesses around the state to provide
economic programs for our children.
Because of these partnerships, thousands
of children learn to value free enterprise,
the basics of entrepreneurship and
how to use economics to improve the
quality of their lives.
Businesses help JA in a variety of
ways. First, we rely upon business
for the funding which provides the
support and materials for the classroom.
Our annual bowl-a-thon, golf tournament
and Business Hall of Fame bring support
from the community as well as the businesses
in our state.
Volunteers from business make an impact
on our children by sharing their unique
business and world perspective with
our young people - tomorrow’s
consumers, employees, and parents.
The volunteers help students to understand
and value our free enterprise system.
Each of our volunteers receives training
and is provided with a complete set
of materials and lesson plan before
going into the classroom. Volunteers
return year after year because they
receive such positive feedback from
students and teachers.
These partnerships strengthen the
curriculum and give students information
they do not receive from textbooks.
Partners receive a sense of accomplishment
and purpose and in many cases personal
The smile from a child and a thank
you makes the time and effort worth
|Please note: The information on this page is from the
2004 edition of Best Practices. The people, programs and contact information
included were current at the time of publication, but may have since changed.
|Award winning organization
Anchorage School Business Partnerships was named a 2005-06 winner of the National School and Busines Partnerships Award.