2nd Graders Master Money and Economics

Volunteer teaches young students life skills

PEKIN - Something special is happening at Willow Primary. Ms. Lockwood's 2nd graders are learning concepts usually reserved for junior high or high school.

Sonia Ammann told us, "The wonderful programs that they provide make it easy to go into the classroom and spend time with the kids. Teach them about financial literacy and entrepreneurship."

Ammann has been helping these students grasp advanced economic models. She's a volunteer with Junior Achievement.

With the blessing of Caterpillar, she leaves her desk in Mossville to instruct these small scholars for 5 weeks a semester.

Ammann explained, "They absorb so much with this. They are excited to learn. But I think with every program, Junior Achievement makes the program very easy and engaging."

Her lectures and demonstrations help prepare students for the real world. But her business concepts would fall on deaf ears if not for the time Ms. Lockwood spends supporting the program.

Ammann added, "It's not just me coming in for 30 minutes and then walking away and them not hearing anything reinforcing about it. She pairs her programs. So, when we talked about money, she talked about money in the rest of the week."

When we asked ammann why she spends her time engaging with 2nd graders, her response tells the whole story.

"They're sharp, they're bright and nothing warms your heart better than when you walk into a classroom and you hear ‘Mrs Ammann is here!’ That just makes it all worth it."


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