JROTC teaches JA

Michaela Kahrig

On May 8th and 9th of 2023, a group of Lonoke High School Junior ROTC cadets taught 2nd-grade students about JA. JA stands for Junior Achievement, which teaches the kids about money and how it works in our community. These cadets traveled to the Primary school and got to interact with these students. The JROTC program prepares the cadets for assignments such as this. Students were given a box with all the materials to teach 5 lessons. Even though they were on a time crunch, the cadets were able to teach all 5 lessons and had an amazing time doing it. Junior Gaerytt Coffey said “ My favorite part about JA is watching the kids play games and hearing some of their unusual answers and comments. JA is a very fun experience and I look forward to it next year.” While the 2nd-grade teachers were present in the rooms, the students taught the lessons by themselves. Colonel Gordon McCoy added, “We let them know it’s possible to invest in their future, to gain a better understanding of how the world works, and to pursue their dreams.” While we are teaching them things that are important for when they are older, it is still fun for them. Junior Elisha Dollinger elaborated on this when he said “JA is just an overall great experience and teaches kids in a manner that is fun to them.” Not to mention the fact that the cadets learned a little more about leadership and responsibility which is what the JROTC program is all about. The JA classes taught everyone involved something that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.