South East

Vhi Volunteers Inspire Young Minds

catherine Byrne St. Johns Junior NCatherine Byrne with students from St. John’s Junior School, KilkennyWe were delighted to continue our very successful partnership with Vhi Kilkenny in the 2017/2018 school year.  In total there were 12 programme volunteers from Vhi Kilkenny who volunteered to teach a Junior Achievement programme. These volunteers reached 307 students in four local primary schools - Presentation Primary School, St. John’s Junior School, St. John’s Senior School and St. Patricks De La Salle BNS.

Therese Bourke, Head of Customer Services in Vhi, said: “We are very pleased to partner with Junior Achievement Ireland to deliver this worthwhile programme. We have been involved since 2002 and our staff get a lot from it. As one of the largest employers in the Kilkenny region, we are very keen to create strong links with our local community through the schools here in Kilkenny.”

Commenting on her experience, Ms Laura McCarthy, a teacher from the Presentation Primary School where Laura Hennessey from Vhi volunteered, said: “I found the Junior Achievement programme very good this year, Laura was absolutely great with the children and they loved learning about the city.  All the wonderful resources went down a treat too. I am really looking forward to having Junior Achievement in my class again in the future.”

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