BlumShapiro Volunteers Return to Webster Hill Elementary School as Teachers for the Eighth Consecutive Year

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BlumShapiro Participating in JA In A Day Program at Webster Hill School

Andrew Lattimer, CPA, MST

“Serving as a teacher for an entire day in front of elementary school students is a demanding yet very rewarding experience,” said Andrew S. Lattimer, partner of BlumShapiro.

At 9 a.m. sharp on Friday, June 2, more than two dozen BlumShapiro employee volunteers will report for work. On this day they will be prepared to teach more than 230 Webster Hill Elementary School students in grades 2-5, providing interactive lessons about the fundamentals of work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy.

Trading in their briefcases for lessons plans and worksheets, these BlumShapiro volunteers will serve as teachers in Junior Achievement’s JA In A Day program for the eighth consecutive year at Webster Hill, and their experience is just as rewarding for them as for the students.

“Serving as a teacher for an entire day in front of elementary school students is a demanding yet very rewarding experience,” said Andrew S. Lattimer, partner of BlumShapiro. “Seeing the interest and appreciation from these children for hands-on lessons that I provide is the reason for me volunteering every year. With JA’s curriculum, I make the business world a little more understandable in their minds. And, the amount of creativity shared by the students continues to amaze me every year.”

“The JA In A Day program is one of the many ways that we add to the knowledge and understanding of financial matters of people of all ages,” said Lattimer.

The JA In A Day Elementary School Program consists of curricula that helps students understand business and economics, and provides lessons and learning tools focused on the three grades:

  •     JA Our Community (2nd Grade) explores the interdependent roles of workers in a community, the work they perform, and how communities work.
  •     JA Our City (3rd Grade) studies careers, the skills people need to work in specific careers, and how businesses contribute to a city.
  •     JA Our Region (4th Grade) introduces students to entrepreneurship and how entrepreneurs use resources to produce goods and services in a community. Students solve problems by weighing risks and rewards.
  •     JA Our Nation (5th Grade) provides practical information about businesses’ need for individuals who can meet the demands of the job market, including high-growth, high-demand jobs. Students will learn that businesses need workers with skills that are in demand, such as STEM skills–science, technology, engineering and math.

BlumShapiro volunteers follow each classroom’s schedule by proving instruction in the morning, followed by lunch and returning for an afternoon session. Most classroom activities run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Webster Hill Elementary School is located at 125 Webster Hill Boulevard in West Hartford.


BlumShapiro is the largest regional business advisory firm based in New England, with offices in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The firm, with over 450 professionals and staff, offers a diversity of services which includes auditing, accounting, tax and business advisory services. In addition, BlumShapiro provides a variety of specialized consulting services such as succession and estate planning, business technology services, employee benefit plan audits and litigation support and valuation. The firm serves a wide range of privately held companies, government and non-profit organizations and provides non-audit services for publicly traded companies.


Tom DeVitto
Chief Marketing Officer – BlumShapiro

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