LOCKHEED MARTIN VOLUNTEERS GIVE 400 LOCAL STUDENTS A BOOST THROUGH JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT PROGRAM
MANASSAS, VA, 07-AUG-07 -- Twenty-seven employees of Lockheed Martin’s [NYSE: LMT] Manassas facility recently completed a five-week volunteer program, organized by Junior Achievement, to tutor more than 400 local students on personal finance, business and other important life skills.
During the Junior Achievement program, the Lockheed Martin volunteers worked with first- through eighth-grade students at the Philip Michael Pennington School in Manassas, VA. This year, the volunteers spent more than 175 hours tutoring in approximately 15 classes, a significant increase from just three classes last year.
“Lockheed Martin has been a great asset to our school, said Pennington Principal Joyce Boyd. Their volunteers have a remarkable way of relating to students to teach them important economic skills and helping the students to recognize aspirations and goals they never previously imagined. “The students really enjoyed the time the volunteers invested. It gave them something to look forward to during their week.”
“The Junior Achievement program has a huge impact on these young people,” said Ruchu Kapoor, a Lockheed Martin finance analyst who coordinated employees’ participation this year. “It gives the students a group of working professionals to look up to and teaches them the necessary skills to help develop future career goals.”
In partnership with many businesses and educators, Junior Achievement promotes interactive learning through the use of real-life applications. Using age-appropriate curricula, the nonprofit organization’s programs begin at the elementary school level, teaching children how they can impact the world around them as individuals, workers and consumers; and continue through the middle grades and high school, focusing on the key content areas of entrepreneurship, work readiness, and financial literacy. Worldwide, Junior Achievement annually reaches approximately 7.5 million students.
Headquartered in Bethesda, MD, Lockheed Martin employs about 140,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.