For the last 10 years, LAZ has been volunteering their time and energy to a very worthy program in our home state of Connecticut. Each year, a group of LAZ employees sign up to spend a day with a group of grade K-5 students in their classrooms, providing lessons and activities that prepare them for their future roles in the workplace as part of the JA in a Day program organized by Junior Achievement of Southwest New England.
The JA in a Day program brings business people, college students, parents and retirees into the classroom to provide experiential learning opportunities for the students. The program content supports the students’ curriculum and helps bridge the gap between school and work by providing self-empowerment, critical-thinking skills and an entrepreneurial thought process for the workplace. Last year, Junior Achievement of Southwest New England served over 43,000 students and over 2,000 classrooms with the help of over 3,200 volunteers.
This year, 21 members of the LAZ family from our Hartford Home Office, as well as our CT Operations and New York/New Jersey teams returned to the Washington Street School in Manchester on June 19th
to share their time and wisdom with the students that will surely help make a difference in their future. For Carolyn Maloney, Regional Controller – Northeast, the experience was full of memories, "Going back to my elementary school alma mater for LAZ JA Day is always a hugely rewarding experience. Today I was teaching in a first grade class room right next door to my first grade classroom from 40 years ago! Connecting with the children for a day, teaching them about business and playing with them is as fun for me as I hope it is for them. It really is such a special experience and I am thankful to Devin Savelli for leading LAZ through this partnership with JA every year so that I can participate.”