HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – Twenty volunteers from First Niagara recently participated in Junior Achievement’s JA in a Day program, designed to teach students financial literacy.

The event provided students with age-appropriate lessons about all things regarding entrepreneurship, financial literacy and the local economy. The volunteers from First Niagara visited kindergarten, first and second-grade classrooms at Dr. James H. Naylor/CCSU Leadership Academy in Hartford, where they presented lessons regarding the world of work.

“Each lesson taught by First Niagara volunteers correlates with state curriculum standards and is designed to be fun and engaging for the students involved,” said Lou Golden, president of the Junior Achievement of Southwest New England. “The younger students learn how their families contribute to the local economy; the older students delve into more advanced topics like operating a successful business.”

The First Niagara Foundation contributed $20,000 to Junior Achievement, which went to help fund JA in a Day programs across Connecticut.

Other events similar to the one that took place in Hartford will also be held in Norwalk and New Haven in the coming weeks.

“At First Niagara we seek out opportunities for our employees to support and educate students in the communities we serve,” said Karen Crane, vice president of corporate communications with First Niagara. “It is never too early to start teaching children about the importance of financial literacy, and we hope the lessons they learn today will resonate as they become more financially independent.”