For Immediate Release
April 2018
For More Information
Jennifer Connolly
(413) 747-7670
jconnolly@jawm.org


Palmer, MA —On Friday, June 8, over 130 golfers will turn out for Junior Achievement’s 20th Annual Golf Tournament and Crumpin’ Fox in Bernardston, MA. to support JA programs in Western Massachusetts. Each year local businesses generously participate in the event to raise money to support JA programs for students in grades K-12 in Western MA. The event traditionally raises funds to provide programming for over 1500 students.

Country Bank has been a longtime supporter of Junior Achievement programs which focus on financial literacy, entrepreneurship and career exploration/readiness. This year Country Bank is a Class Sponsor, providing JA Company Program to students in Ms. Etzweiler’s and Ms. Skowyra’s Business Program at Pathfinder Vocational, in Palmer.

“Country Bank supports JA because of their mission of empowering the children, our future leaders, with financial literacy,” said Phil Goncalves, Senior Vice President, Commercial Lending for Country Bank and JA of Western Massachusetts Board Member.

“Junior Achievement allows teacher to engage students beyond the classroom. They truly enjoy coming up with a product and seeing it come to fruition. I love seeing the lightbulb come on in the eyes of my students through this program. I would suggest this program for all children in order for them to live an entrepreneur life.” noted Vicky Etzweiler, Business Teacher at Pathfinder Vocational.

Jennifer Connolly, President of Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts noted, “It is a pleasure and an honor to be able to work with companies like Country Bank to inspire and prepare our youth to own their economic future. Without the support of local businesses, participating in events such as the JA Golf Tournament, thousands of our area youth would not have access to JA programs.”

To learn more about Junior Achievement or how you can get involved in the 20th Annual Golf Tournament and support JA programs, visit www.jawm.org or call (413) 747-7670.


About Junior Achievement
Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating young people about business, economics and free enterprise. Through a dedicated volunteer network, JA provides in-school and after-school programs for students in grades K-12. JA offers educational programs that focus on seven key content areas: business, citizenship, economics, entrepreneurship, ethics/character, financial literacy, and career development. Today more than Junior Achievement Worldwide reaches almost seven million students in 98 countries. For more information, visit www.jawm.org.

About Country Bank
Country Bank is a state-chartered, mutual savings bank headquartered in Ware, Massachusetts, halfway between the cities of Worcester and Springfield. We’ve gone above and beyond for our customers since 1850. We value respect, courtesy, and good manners above all. As a mutual bank we answer to our customers first, not to investors. Our mission is to grow mutually beneficial relationships with our customers, community and staff. To learn more visit https://www.countrybank.com

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