TELL CITY — Tell City School Corporation has received the Junior Achievement U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award 2022.
President of the Junior Achievement program, Dan Douglas, presented the award at the regular Tell City School Corporation school board meeting Tuesday, Dec. 13.
“Tell City has won [the award] in the past,” Douglas said. “[The award] recognizes efforts throughout our great nation.”
The award recognized Tell City high school students for volunteering during the 2021-2022 school year at William Tell Elementary, where they presented junior achievement programs in those lower grades. The high school students had gone through the junior achievement programs themselves, Douglas said. They presented programs of high school literacy and essential soft skills. High school students presented skills they honed through the programs, such as standing in front of others, public speaking and being punctual; all skills practiced regularly in the adult world, Douglas explained.
Specifically, they provided financial literacy and work readiness material to those younger people, Douglas said.
“If we’re going to make a difference in today’s students becoming tomorrow’s workforce, we have to start early,” Douglas said.
Thirty students made the presentations.
“This is one of the top notch school systems that we work with,” Douglas continued. “We have a wonderful relationship — really value the partnership,” he said.
Gary Greubel, human resource manager of Waupaca Foundry in Tell City, is the chair of the local group.
Gruebel also teaches seniors “career success” in the classroom. Curriculum includes soft skills, interviews, and conflict management and resolution.
Students in his classrooms have voiced interest in following up the classroom with pursuits in nursing and education, to name a few, Gruebel explained.
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