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Junior Achievement present at Ray Elementary and Central Elementary

Published: 03/21/2018
Published in: Press Release

Tioga, ND, March 21, 2018 – Junior Achievement is currently underway in grades K-6 in both Ray Elementary in Ray, ND, and Central Elementary in Tioga, ND. This year, eight of The Bank of Tioga employees have volunteered their time to teach five lessons each, in their assigned classroom.

This marks The Bank of Tioga’s first year with Junior Achievement, provided through its nonprofit arm, TS Institute. It will also be the first time that Junior Achievement is brought into both schools. Junior Achievement is the oldest, largest, and fastest-growing nonprofit economics education program throughout the world. In partnership with TS Institute and educators, JA inspires and prepares young people to succeed in a global economy. JA reaches students in grades K-12 with fun, hands-on programs that teach students financial literacy and equip them with the knowledge and skills to make a better life for themselves. All programs align with national and local curriculum standards; therefore, educators fully enjoy the opportunity to involve their students.

JA is a volunteer-led program, and TS Institute facilitates the recruitment and training of volunteers to deliver programming in classrooms. This allows community members to be involved in financial literacy instruction and also gives teachers an opportunity to take advantage of third party resources to offer different perspectives to their students. 

Community members that participated in Tioga: Kindergarten – Judy Odegaard (TBOT) & Joy Sparks (TSI), 1st Grade – Krista Alberts & Brandy Almer (TBOT), 2nd Grade – Anna Barlet & Wendy Lenzen (TBOT), 3rd Grade – Melissa Johnson (Tioga Medical Center) & Deb McCelland (Western Cooperative Credit Union), 4th Grade – Cindy Garnham (TBOT) & Tim Sundhagen (Sundhagen Farms), 5th Grade – Susan Wolla (TBOT) & Ben Johnson (District Court Judge) and 6th Grade – Joy Sparks (TSI).

Community members that participated in Ray: Kindergarten – Candise Strunk (Western Cooperative Credit Union) & Joy Sparks (TSI), 1st Grade – Taryn Bergstrom (Northwest Communications Cooperative) & Joy Sparks (TSI), 2nd Grade – Courtney Olson (Northwest Communications Cooperative) & Ronda Rustad (Ray City Auditor), 3rd Grade – Christy Logan (First National Bank), 4th Grade – Deb McCelland (Western Cooperative Credit Union) & Mary Smith (Farmers Union Insurance), 5th Grade – Angela Schoepp (Northwest Communications Cooperative) and 6th Grade – Bernadette Perdue (Ray School).

To learn more about Junior Achievement, contact Joy Sparks, Financial Literacy Coordinator at The Bank of Tioga (701) 664-3388.

The Bank of Tioga is a community bank that values citizenship, exceptional client service, serving as a business leader in its community. Committed to supporting local organizations, the bank reinvests 10% of their net income back to the community. The Bank of Tioga, with $375 million in assets, was chartered in 1951 and was acquired by TS Banking Group in 2014. Branch locations include Tioga and Crosby, North Dakota. For more information visit