JA in a Day teaches elementary students to earn, save, spend and donate

LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Jackson National Life Insurance employees volunteered on Monday at Averill Elementary School in Lansing.

The program consisted of five – 45 minute sessions dedicated to teaching the students

The Insurance company donated $1.1 million to Junior Achievement to update their third grade program called, "JA Our City."

The idea is to help third graders learn about the choices people have with money, earning it and spending it, even donating it.

They also look at the importance of money to a city and its citizens and study how being an entrepreneur meets the needs of the community.

A survey conducted by Wakefield Research for Junior Achievement and the Jackson Charitable Foundation shows that when it comes to money, children as old as 10 year olds say they have a lot to learn.

"The message to parents is simple," said Bill Coderre, JA President. "It's never too early to teach your children the short and long-term rewards of saving and spending money wisely."