by Heather Baker
May might be the month when most kids get out of school, but it’s also the month when local business leaders lock arms to promote economic literacy at the elementary and high school levels.
This month, Arkansas Money & Politics highlights a pair of incredibly worthy organizations dedicated to raising funds for teachers and developing programs for teachers to instill in school-age children the importance of understanding the ins and outs of free trade and economics.
Junior Achievement, brought to Arkansas in the late 1980s by Sheffield Nelson and colleagues, has positively impacted the lives of tens of thousands of local students, providing them with mentorship, business role models and an understanding of entrepreneurship and financial literacy. This month, the organization will celebrate those who have worked so hard on behalf of their mission during their Legacy Award Business Luncheon on May 23.
Economics Arkansas, an organization founded in the 1960s to equip teachers with the tools needed to educate students in the virtues of a free market economy, will likewise host a pair of major events this month to help generate support and funding while also honoring students who have participated in certain programming. The organization’s Stock Market Game Awards Luncheon, featuring Walmart CEO Doug McMillon, will be held on May 13, and their inaugural Trade Game fundraiser will be held May 22.
This month, AMP has also partnered with the Arkansas Trucking Association to highlight the ever-important trucking and supply chain industry in our state in conjunction with the association’s annual business conference and vendor showcase. This issue of AMP includes a compelling feature on the industry as well as a list of the industry’s top companies.
It is an honor and a privilege to partner with these incredible organizations and associations in order to showcase all our great state has to offer. Each month, Arkansas Money & Politics will join forces with some of our state’s many, thriving industry associations to highlight their efforts to promote their trade and grow Arkansas’ economy. And we’re growing by leaps and bounds in the process, even extending our reach and putting down roots in Northwest Arkansas.
We want to partner with you and your organization or association next month, or the month after that or the month after that. We’re growing; let’s grow together!