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Local financial advisor supports JA in Wilbraham schools

Date: 6/8/2009

WILBRAHAM Thomas S. Manzi, a local financial advisor, is sponsoring Junior Achievement programs for students at Soule Road Elementary School and Mile Tree Elementary School in Wilbraham. Manzi is a member of the Junior Achievement (JA) of Western Massachusetts Board of Directors and a longtime JA volunteer in Wilbraham and Springfield.

This past October, Manzi sponsored a group of students from Minnechaug Regional High School to compete in the third annual JA Student Stock Market Challenge. "I am proud to be able to help students from the Hampden-Wilbraham Schools to participate in a variety of programs that JA offers. As a JA volunteer, board member and financial advisor, I know firsthand the importance of having a sound education in financial literacy and I know JA provides that education," he stated.

Liz Fortunato-Curran, a fourth grade teacher at Soule Road Elementary, noted after last year's JA program, "This is my third year of having JA in the classroom and each year.the children and I thoroughly enjoy it."

Jennifer Connolly, president of the JA of Western Massachusetts, expressed her gratitude to Manzi, stating, "JA's core purpose is to inspire and prepare our young people to succeed. Fulfilling this purpose has never been more urgent or more important than it is today. Through our focus on financial literacy, workforce readiness and entrepreneurship, we equip future generations with both the knowledge and inspiration to make choices that will not repeat the mistakes we are seeing in today's news. Mr. Manzi is an outstanding board member and is dedicated to helping the students of Wilbraham whenever possible."

Junior Achievement's programs are correlated to the Massachusetts State Frameworks in Mathematics, Language Arts, Social Studies and Economics. JA educational programs focus on seven key content areas: business, citizenship, economics, entrepreneurship, ethics/character, financial literacy and career development. To learn more about JA and how you can become involved visit or call 747-7670.