Franchot, Junior Achievement at Maple Elementary

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Public school officials, teachers and students welcomed Maryland State Comptroller Peter Franchot to Maple Elementary School on Wednesday. In front from the left are DCPS Supervisor of Social Studies and World Language Monique Ward, Junior Achievement’s Mary Holden, the Maple Elementary student ambassadors, and Junior Achievement President Jayme Hayes. Blake Whitten of the Nathan Foundation, Chamber of Commerce President Bill Christopher, Cambridge Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley, Interim Superintendent Dave Bromwell, Earl Wilson of Preston Automotive, Lisa Neild, Greg Whitten of Whitten Retirement Solutions, Comptroller Peter Franchot, and Maple Elementary’s Rachel Wise.

CAMBRIDGE — It’s never too early to learn how to earn.
And save, and spend, for that matter.

That was the message brought to students at Maple Elementary School on Jan. 15, when Maryland State Comptroller Peter Franchot spoke to children at an event sponsored by Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore. “Junior Achievement is a non-profit teaching K-12, public and private students about financial literacy, workforce readiness, and entrepreneurship,” a statement from the group said.

“This is one of the finest groups in the state,” Mr. Franchot said. Rows of children were seated on the gym floor in front of him, with school leaders and Board of Education officials also attending.
One of Mr. Franchot’s top responsibilities is his function as the state’s tax collector. He encouraged the students to learn how best to earn, save and spend money, when they reach that point in their lives.

To illustrate the concept, four “ambassadors” of the school had been chosen to meet Mr. Franchot personally. They shook hands, and each received a handful of tickets, representing money, in return for their preparations for the event.

The students then met members of Junior Achievement, representing aspects of the economy. Greg Whitten from Whitten Retirement Solutions received a ticket, as did Lisa Neild from 1880 bank, to teach the youngsters about saving.

Earl Wilson was there to take another ticket — after all, a kid needs a car — and Mary Holden from Junior Achievement also got a little “cash” from each child, to show how the public supports volunteer groups.

“Non-profits help a lot in our community,” Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore President Jayme Hayes told the children. “Junior Achievement has to raise money,” she added, because the organization’s programs are free.

Sponsors of the event were the Nathan Foundation, represented by Blake Whitten; 1880 Bank; Whitten Retirement Solutions; and Preston Ford. For information on how to volunteer for Junior Achievement, email at juniorachievement@comcast.net or 410-742-8112. The group’s website is www.juniorachievement.org.