Local Farmers Agents Give Back to the Future

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At a time when financial literacy education has never been more necessary or important, Farmers Insurance Group®, represented by local Farmers agents is stepping up, through Junior Achievement (JA) to help young people learn the skills to better equip themselves for their financial future.

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This great opportunity allows us to bring economics right into the classroom, exposing ALL of our students to economic success stories.

At a time when financial literacy education has never been more necessary or important, Farmers Insurance Group®, represented by local Farmers agents is stepping up, through Junior Achievement (JA) to help young people learn the skills to better equip themselves for their financial future.

“Farmers Insurance Group has been a long standing supporter of JA in West Michigan and is the 2011-2012 Junior Achievement West Michigan Financial Literacy sponsor,” says Steve Boshoven, president of Farmers specialty. “Farmers is involved in supporting numerous JA educational programs including the JA in a Day event.”

JA is an organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness and financial literacy through hands-on programs. The 2011 JA in a Day at Valleywood Middle School in Kentwood, MI brings together local Farmers agents and middle school students in an effort to educate young people on financial literacy, the global economy and entrepreneurship. Over 20 Farmers agents will volunteer in 23 classrooms and provide students with take home materials on Friday, November 11th, 2011.

“This great opportunity allows us to bring economics right into the classroom, exposing ALL of our students to economic success stories,” says Arminda Westra, Principal at Valleywood Middle School. “It’s a wide extravaganza of Social Studies Learning for our middle school and takes standards to the next level by teaching the real world application of economics by successful business members of the community.”

The event will consist of high-level lessons in business practices, the global economy and inspiring personal stories. At the end of the day, students will have completed six JA lessons and earn a JA certificate. Farmers will also be contributing notebooks and pens for all students and a donation check to the school.

“Farmers’ relationship with JA is an excellent opportunity for us to think about what we do every day and translate it into something that we can give back to the community,” says Bill Walrath, Famers Michigan state executive director. “Farmers culture is based around education and growth, so the JA programs are a perfect fit for us. The JA initiatives give the students in the area an opportunity to know a growing company in West Michigan and with the construction of Farmers’ new facility we can offer more job opportunities for future youth.

Farmers is also sponsoring a JA Job Shadow on their campus in Caledonia on November 16th, 2011. High school students will gain “on-the-job” training and insight into the growing departments within the organization. For information about opportunities with Farmers, visit http://www.Farmers.com/careers.

A part of the Farmers Insurance Group of Companies®, Foremost Insurance Group ("Foremost") has been a leader in personal lines insurance since 1952. Foremost® is headquartered in Caledonia, Michigan. Farmers is a trade name and may refer to Farmers Group, Inc. or the Farmers Exchanges, as the case may be. Farmers Group, Inc., a management and holding company, along with its subsidiaries, is wholly owned by the Zurich Financial Services Group. The Farmers Exchanges are three reciprocal insurers (Farmers Insurance Exchange, Fire Insurance Exchange and Truck Insurance Exchange), including their subsidiaries and affiliates, owned by their policyholders, and managed by Farmers Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries. For information about Farmers, visit http://www.Farmers.com or our facebook at http://www.facebook.com/FarmersInsurance

Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes is a strong local area office of JA Worldwide, the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. The organization offers programs to help prepare young people in West Michigan – including the Lakeshore, Lansing and Northern Michigan – for the real world by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create jobs which make their communities more robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace. Students put these lessons into action and learn the value of contributing to their communities. Visit http://www.westmichigan.ja.org for more information.

Contact:
Renee Kolzow
(616) 956-4669
renee(dot)kolzow(at)foremost(dot)com

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