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Learning for Fun At Letterkenny Central Library

Senior infants from St. Patrick's National School, Letterkenny took part in the Junior Achievement "Ourselves" programme taught by Mary Elliott a volunteer from Donegal County Council. To round out a brilliant few weeks, Mary also organised a visit to the Central Library where the students were presented with the certificates and met Karen Gillespie who read them two wonderful stories.

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Speaking about the experience of the Junior Achievement programme Teacher Roisin Gardiner commented:
"Mary is a fantastic volunteer, we really loved having her in the classroom. The children have learned so much from the programme. Many thanks for inviting us to visit the libraryto complete the programme, it was a fun-filled morning."

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Údarás na Gaeltachta - Comórtais Fiontraíochta do Scoileanna Dara Leibhéal

500 students in 17 schools stretching along the Atlantic seaboard from Arranmore Island, Co. Donegal to Dingle, Co. Kerry are taking part in the Údarás na Gaeltachta/ Junior Achievement Company Programme as gaeilge. This programme gives the students a real life insight into running their own business. Pictured below are some of the young entrepreneurs on Arranmore Island with JAI Programme Coordinator Patricia Friel. 

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“Our students are fortunate to be part of this fantastic programme. Getting the opportunity to run their own business teaches them many valuable life skills. It’s a very worthwhile initiative.” Ita Gallagher, Transition Year Coordinator, Pobalscoil GhaothDobair

To reinforce their learning, Údarás is inviting students to enter a competition to find the best start-up enterprise in each area. The regional finals will be hosted in March and April. To all those competing—go n-éirí an t-ádh libh.

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United Health Group/ Optum Promoting the Value of Education

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17 Letterkenny-based UnitedHealth Group/ Optum employees chose to volunteer to facilitate Junior Achievement programmes this year. As part of the UnitedHealth Group, Optum provides information and technology-enabled health services, and this year the volunteers inspired and motivated 520 students in 11 local schools.

Thank you to Padraig Monaghan, Tanya Boyle and the leadership team for their continued support. Having celebrated the 10th anniversary of our partnership with the UnitedHealth Group last year, it was fantastic to have a record-setting school year in our eleventh! 

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Kingspan Volunteer Shows Students the Value of Life-Saving Science!


Students from Drumgosset N.S. and Scoil Phadraig, Corduff, enjoyed working with Nigel Mc Givney, Kingspan, on the Junior Achievement ‘Our Universe’ programme this term. Through hands-on activities the students gained a better understanding of some of the core principles of science and the role science plays in industry in Ireland today. For instance, the students learned about the ‘prescription for living’ – the importance of exercise, diet and keeping the heart healthy. Nigel, who is trained in CPR, also gave a memorable demonstration on this life-saving technique, which served to make the link for the students between their classroom-based work in science and the exciting world of medical devices and the part they play in helping treat heart disease. 

Ms. Clare O’Reilly, Class Teacher, Scoil Phadraig, Corduff told us: "It was a great experience for the students. I would highly recommend the initiative provided by Junior Achievement and Kingspan to all primary schools… Very enjoyable and educational.” To round off their work with Nigel, the students visited Kingspan and were treated to a real insight into the working world. In a fitting end to the programme, Nigel presented each student with a JA ‘Certificate of Achievement’ and congratulated them on their work on the 'Our Universe' programme and encouraged them to keep up their interest in science. 

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Detecting an Interest in Science with Louth County Council

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87 students from Scoil Mhuire na nGael had an exhilarating end to the school year when they completed the 'Our Universe' programme with Pamela Dagg, Louth County Council. Working with Pamela, the students explored the role of science in industry in Ireland today. To underline the diverse nature of science and the variety of careers in which science plays a key role, the students also had the chance to work with Garda Grace Harvey who guided the budding detectives as they used newly-acquired skills in chromatography to help Pamela to solve the ‘Mystery of Maggie’s Manor’. Elizabeth Sloane, Scoil Mhuire na Gael, commended Pamela on facilitating the programme, commenting: “On behalf of the sixth class teachers I would like to thank Pamela Dagg for conducting the ‘Our Universe’ programme with our classes. The children thoroughly enjoyed the lessons and the teachers felt they were of great educational benefit, particularly the forensic science workshop when Pamela invited our local Community Garda to participate. We hope to avail of Pamela’s expertise again next year.”

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