RIT Means Business to Help Educate Rochester School Children

Volunteers lead Junior Achievement classes at Kodak Park School No. 41, May 1

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The E. Philip Saunders College of Business at Rochester Institute of Technology, Junior Achievement of Rochester and the City School District are teaming up for the fourth straight year to educate school children about business, economics and free enterprise.

More than 50 volunteers, including RIT students and alumni along with other professionals from the business community, will lead Junior Achievement classes for hundreds of children in grades kindergarten through six at Kodak Park School No. 41, on Friday, May 1.

Each RIT alumnus and business professional will team up with a student from the Saunders College of Business who is majoring in a like field: accounting, finance, general management, management information systems, or marketing.

“It’s never too early to start introducing business and economic concepts—such as needs as wants, quality and supply and demand,” says Peter Rosenthal, assistant director of recruitment and marketing at the Saunders College.

Twenty-six classes of students at School No. 41 will participate in the program. Volunteers will facilitate five hands-on lessons that vary by grade level—focusing on skills needed for specific jobs and how businesses use natural, human and capital resources from different regions, plus contrasting methods of production through role-play.