Junior Achievement is having a fundraiser this evening (May 13) from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Just mention the fundraiser at the register at Raising Cane's and they will donate 15 percent of the sale of your meal to Junior Achievement.

It teaches them their economic role in society. I enjoy being able to help the students understand the importance of financial literacy and entrepreneurship.

The J.A. program has been very beneficial to the Texarkana area, helping teach classes at Pleasant Grove, Red Lick, Liberty Eylau, and T.I.S.D. elementary campuses, just to name a few. Second grade is the most popular program they teach and it's taught 100 percent by volunteers. Junior Achievement teaches the program in half a day and "J.A. in a Day" programs are taught in short increments over a period of several weeks.

"Each classroom kit costs $300 so any dollar we raise helps cover the cost of the kits," said Vice Chairperson for the Texarkana Board Patricia Cunningham. "The tools and activities used in the kit brings a whole new concept in how they learn these concepts. It’s taught in a way that makes the lessons fun and engaging.

"One of the prime reasons I got involved with the Junior Achievement program, especially in the lower grades, is that it teaches the children about how our community works and how we all fit into our communities. It teaches them their economic role in society. I enjoy being able to help the students understand the importance of financial literacy and entrepreneurship.

Junior Achievement's Purpose:

Junior Achievement inspires and prepares young people to succeed in a global economy.

Junior Achievement Sparks Student Success

J.A. impacted more than 4.5 million U.S. students in more than 197,000 classrooms during 2013-2014.

Its volunteer-delivered kindergarten through 12th grade programs foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, and use experiential learning to inspire students to dream big and reach their potential. With the help of more than 213,000 volunteers, Junior Achievement students develop the skills they need to experience the realities and opportunities of work and entrepreneurship in the 21st century global marketplace.