WEIRTON - Students at Weirton Heights Elementary School had some special guest teachers in their classrooms Wednesday.
Thirteen representatives of Huntington Bank were at the school as part of a program offered through Junior Achievement, and geared toward providing the students with early lessons in business and finances.
JA in a Day is a Junior Achievement program facilitating a partnership between a business and a school, where businessmen and women have a chance to become role models for a day while providing business ideas to help the students as they get older and eventually become members of the workforce.
SPECIAL PROGRAM — Lisa Quattrochi, vice president of community development for Huntington Bank, teaches one of the third -grade classes at Weirton Heights Elementary Wednesday as part of a program offered by the bank and Junior Achievement. Bank representatives spent the day speaking to students about business, finances and family. -- Craig Howell
"We feel if students are educated at an early level, they'll make better decisions," said William Eiler, vice president of regional public relations for Huntington Bank.
Eiler said this was the first time to JA in a Day program has been offered in the area.
The lessons start at the kindergarten level, with a focus on family finances and teaching the importance of wants versus needs when deciding on purchases. As the students get older, the lessons expand into the community, discussing ideas such as entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy.
"They follow a social studies path," Eiler said.
Among the guest teachers on Wednesday was Rhonda Beadnell, team leader at Huntington Bank's Salineville, Ohio branch. She was stationed in Jennifer Curtis' classroom, speaking about wants and needs when making purchases.
"I like to teach the kids," Beadnell said, adding she is involved with teaching her church's youth classes.
Lisa Quattrochi, vice president of community development at Huntington Bank, also was teaching Wednesday, assigned to one of the third-grade classrooms.
Quattrochi explained financial education is an important part of the bank's community outreach programs. As part of her lesson plan, she spoke to students about some of the different roles needed to operate a business, as well as cost management.
Principal Frank Carey said he was impressed with the performance of the guest teachers.
"They came very well prepared," Carey said.
(Howell can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org and followed via Twitter @CHowellWDT)