Sam’s Club awards a $100,000 Wal-Mart Foundation grant to program that teaches students basic business lessons from the workplace
Orange County, CA- Sam’s Club has partnered with Junior Achievement (JA) of Orange County to bring financial education into the classroom. Through the Wal-Mart Foundation, Sam’s Club donated $100,000 to JA of Orange County and for the third year in a row has provided associate volunteers to visit classrooms at Thomas Edison Elementary School in Anaheim, CA. Volunteers taught elementary school students the basic concepts of business and economics. Forty Sam’s Club associates worked with 425 students through the program.
"Sam's Club is so proud to support the Junior Achievement program because we truly believe in the importance of teaching children how to translate their education into the real business world," said Neil Sarreshteh, Regional Sales Manager for Sam's Club. "To see first hand the impact this learning can have on students is a gratifying experience for our associates involved."
JA Worldwide is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. Last year, JA worldwide reached over 8 million students. Their programs help prepare young people for the real world by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, create jobs which make their communities more robust, and apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace. Students put these lessons into action and learn the value of contributing to their communities.
“We feel so fortunate to have this partnership with Sam’s Club and the Foundation,” said Christine Shewbridge, President of JA Orange County, “Their generous donation will allow us to continue to positively impact the students of Orange County and strengthen the JA mission which is to ensure every child has a fundamental understanding of the free enterprise system.”
Sam’s Club believes in supporting the local community and Junior Achievement has been inspiring children in Orange County since 1954 and nationally since 1919. For more information about the Junior Achievement program please visit, http://jaocie.ja.org.
About Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT)
Every week, millions of customers visit Wal-Mart Stores, Supercenters, Neighborhood Markets, and Sam’s Club locations across America or log on to its online stores at www.walmart.com. The company and its Foundation are committed to a philosophy of giving back locally. Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) is proud to support the causes that are important to customers and associates right in their own neighborhoods, and last year gave more than $270 million to local communities in the United States. To learn more, visit www.walmartfacts.com, www.walmartstores.com, or www.walmartfoundation.org.
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