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JA Finance Park, An Initiative Of Washington Gas And Junior Achievement, Teaches Students About Energy Saving And Finance Management


Washington Gas along with the Junior Achievement jointly initiated the energy and finance park for the students of middle school.

The Washington Gas has shaken hands with “Junior Achievement of Greater Washington” for hosting the “grand opening” of Maryland’s first supercentre of “youth financial literacy” in “JA Finance Park® Prince George’s County”.
Throughout the country the JA Finance Park® provides eighteen facility centres which focus on “inspiring” students from middle school “to be financially capable and tenacious”. The location of the new JA Finance Park® is:
“...on the campus of G. James Gholson Middle/Cora L. Rice Elementary Schools in Landover, Md.”
The said park will provide service to County’s each eight grade student besides an annual “9,000” students from the “George’s County Public Schools”. In fact, students from the “District” and other surrounding regions will also benefit of this facility. The vice president of “Support Services” at Washington Gas, Marcellous Frye informed:
“Washington Gas has been a part of the D.C. metro area for over 166 years, and we consistently look for new ways to promote education and inspiration in these communities. We fully support Junior Achievement’s dedication to providing our next generation of leaders with the financial acumen they need to succeed.”
The energy education programme offered at JA Finance Park® has been developed in a collaborate manner by Pepco and Washington Gas, whereby the initiative bears the title of “YOU-tility Challenge”. The park has an “interactive 3-D house” wherein students get to explore information about electricity and natural gas, including how useful source they are in running “important appliances” that we use in our daily routines. Moreover, there is also a “touch screen game” which enables the pupils to “test their knowledge of how houses are powered”, besides the game also educates them by generating “tips” about saving money and energy.
In fact, the Finance Park stores many other curriculums that can keep the students occupied throughout the day in learning from “real-life scenario”. There are other storefront present at the park that introduces the students to daily expenses ranging from “utilities to groceries and how they can be managed within a budget.
Ninety percent of the pupils who cleared the programme remarked that they were more confident about “their ability to be successful in the future”. The park venue has inaugurated on the 29th of September 2015, whereby the employees of Washington Gas volunteers their service as instructors who “guide the new students through the curriculum” and in turn help the latter answer energy related questions. Junior Achievement of Greater Washington’s chief executive officer cum the president, Ed Grenier commented:
“JA Finance Park® is about inspiring a generation of Prince George’s County youth to be financially capable. It’s about giving them power to make the right financial choices and a new perspective on why staying in school and setting college and career goals is important to their ability to achieve their dreams. We are thrilled that Maryland’s first JA Finance Park® will be right here in Prince George’s County, and are so thankful to partners like Washington Gas who join with us in our commitment to the boundless potential of these young people. The future starts today—and it starts right here within these walls.”