Donation to expand technology-based learning opportunities available at JA Kohl's Education Center
Submitted by: Kohl's Department Stores
Posted: Jun 04, 2013 – 09:00 AM EST
MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis., Jun. 04 /CSRwire/ - Kohl’s Department Stores (NYSE: KSS) today announced the renewal of its partnership with Junior Achievement (JA) of Wisconsin with a donation of $1.5 million over three years to support and expand the JA Kohl’s Education Center. The additional funding will allow Junior Achievement to increase the use of technology in the JA Kohl’s Education Center to offer more unique opportunities for local schools and teachers to combine classroom learning with real-world situations, providing hands-on activities and full simulation experiences to enhance what students learn in a classroom. The program offers Milwaukee-area fourth through twelfth graders a unique, hands-on opportunity to learn work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. The donation comes from Kohl’s philanthropic program, Kohl’s Cares®, which sells special merchandise, including plush toys and books, and donates 100 percent of the net profit to benefit children’s health and education initiatives nationwide.
“We are pleased to continue our partnership with Junior Achievement and facilitate the growth of the JA Kohl’s Education Center,” said Kevin Mansell, Kohl’s chairman, president and chief executive officer. “Kohl’s applauds Junior Achievement’s commitment to providing excellent educational experiences that empower students to take what they learn in the classroom and apply it to the real world, and Kohl’s is proud to be in a position to support such a valuable program for local students.”
Kohl’s $1.5 million donation will help fund the following program enhancements over the next three years:
“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Kohl’s as it will enhance the learning applications offered to local students through the JA Kohl’s Education Center,” said Tim Greinert, Junior Achievement of Wisconsin’s president. “Financial literacy and work readiness are crucial life skills and, through this best-in-class programming in the JA Kohl’s Education Center, we’re able to engage students early on in meaningful and memorable ways to arm them with the skills they need as adults.”
Through an initial $3 million donation from Kohl’s Cares in 2010, Junior Achievement created the JA Kohl’s Education Center, a one-of-a-kind facility providing Milwaukee-area fourth through twelfth grade students with unique, hands-on opportunities to learn real-world budgeting, financial literacy skills and entrepreneurship through two age-specific learning labs:
Since 2000, Kohl’s Department Stores together with Kohl's Cares have combined to give more than $55 million to support charitable initiatives in the metro-Milwaukee area, including more than $4.5 million to Junior Achievement to help provide unique educational opportunities for Wisconsin’s children. To date, the Kohl’s Cares cause merchandise program has raised more than $231 million for children’s initiatives nationwide.
Based in Menomonee Falls, Wis., Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is a family-focused, value-oriented specialty department store offering moderately priced, exclusive and national brand apparel, shoes, accessories, beauty and home products in an exciting shopping environment. With a commitment to environmental leadership, Kohl’s operates 1,155 stores in 49 states. In support of the communities it serves, Kohl’s has raised more than $231 million for children’s initiatives nationwide through its Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program, which operates under Kohl's Cares, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kohl's Department Stores, Inc. For a list of store locations and information, or for the added convenience of shopping online, visit www.Kohls.com, join the discussion on Facebook (facebook.com/kohls) or Twitter (twitter.com/Kohls) or get inspired on Pinterest (pinterest.com/kohls) and Instagram (instagram.com/kohls).
About Junior Achievement
Junior Achievement of Wisconsin is dedicated to educating students about work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. The organization prepares young people for the real world, showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, create jobs which make their communities more robust, and apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace. Over 165,000 students in the state of Wisconsin put these lessons into action every year and learn the value of contributing to their communities. To become involved, please visit wisconsin.ja.org or call (414) 577-3800.
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