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JA PROGRAM SELECTED FOR AWARD

Junior Achievement of Utah's kindergarten through sixth grade education program has been selected to receive an Award of Excellence in the national JA's Advance America Awards Program.

Phil Cofield, president of JA of Utah, said his group is one of 42 organizations to receive the award, made from 199 entries for their commitment to making America a better place to live.The program also has been named the Fourth Points of Light Foundation initiative and received a Freedom Award from the Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge.

Cofield said K-6 is an innovative economic education program with hands-on activities designed to teach students the importance of a good education and how it prepares them for the work place. It involves community volunteers from business and civic groups conducting classes.

The award, sponsored by the American Society of Association Executives, recognizes significant contributions to society by associations in areas of education, product and safety standards, professional standards and codes of ethics, research and statistics, international activities and community service.

When informed of the award, Porter Hall, chairman of the board of JA of Utah, said, "Educators have told us that early childhood intervention is critical to future success. Based on our many years experience bringing business volunteers into the classroom, we are enthusiastic about increasing our contributions to Utah education."

JA also is conducting a pilot K-6 program for students in the Salt Lake Homeless Shelter that so far has been successful.