DENVER, May 7, 2003 ? Today 114 employees of Qwest Communications International Inc. will visit Green Valley Elementary School and Martin Luther King Middle School to talk to students about making informed choices regarding future education, careers, budgets and other personal economic decisions.
As Junior Achievement volunteers, Qwest employees each will commit six hours to conduct ?JA in a Day,? a program that reinforces the value of education and teaches elementary and middle school students about the economic benefits of staying in school. The fun and interactive hands-on lessons in free enterprise, business and economics aim to give young people the desire to stay in school and the tools to succeed in the business world. Typically, volunteers schedule five 45-minute classroom visits, but this concentrated effort allows busy business professionals to impact students in one school day.
?Simply put, Junior Achievement is an invaluable asset to America?s future, and Qwest is proud to be a part of the program,? said Joni Baird, Qwest vice president of corporate social responsibility. ?Demonstrating our Spirit of Service, Qwest is committed to the communities we live in, and we certainly understand the role children play in our neighborhoods ? today they?re learning to read and write, tomorrow they?re the driving force of the American economy.?
WHAT: ?JA in a Day? brings the business world to the classroom. Volunteers will use innovative lesson plans to teach students about free enterprise, business and economics. They will use their success to inspire kids to reach their full potential
WHO: Employees of Qwest
WHEN: May 7
WHERE:Green Valley Elementary School ? 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Martin Luther King Middle School ? 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Both schools are located at I-70 and Tower Rd.)
Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) is a leading provider of voice, video and data services to more than 25 million customers. The company?s 50,000-plus employees are committed to the ?Spirit of Service? and providing world-class services that exceed customers? expectations for quality, value and reliability. For more information, please visit the Qwest Web site at www.qwest.com.
About Junior Achievement
Junior Achievement relies on the success of business professionals to inspire students to reach their full potential. Junior Achievement?s K-12 business and economic curriculum comes to life when volunteers from the business community lead students through the innovative, hands-on lesson plans. Volunteers act as invaluable role models for students and provide relevance to what students learn; showing students the link between education and future opportunity. This year, Junior Achievement?s proven programs will reach 75,000 young people in 400 schools in Denver and Northern Colorado, and will be taught by more than 2,000 volunteers. Share your success and inspire kids to reach their full potential. Visit www.jacolorado.org or call (303) 534-JAJA.
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