Tonawanda News — “Gary was first to go into elementary schools,” Ivancie said. “O’Hara is unique to our area. Success is shown in the fact that the elementary schools come back year after year. They keep wanting him. He’s a good testament to JA and to O’Hara,” she said.
Ivancie noted that when she comes to O’Hara to do training, students have a “little bit of nerves but after they get into the thick of things, they really seem to enjoy it,” she said.
Mary Holzerland, principal at O’Hara, also praises the program.
“It’s a great opportunity to see the educational process from a teacher’s perspective,” Holzerland said. “The students dress professionally, act professionally and get a glimmer of the excitement of teaching. They also learn responsibility because Gary trusts them to do their best,” she added.
Junior Achievement benefits from the program in a slightly different way, Ivancie said.
“We never have enough volunteers to teach in the classrooms, to get into the project and give students real world experience,” she said. “However, many of our volunteers have come from O’Hara. It’s the full scope teaching experience.”
JA volunteers are college students, retirees, parents, business owners and employees, she noted. For more information or to volunteer, call JA at 853-1381.Contact community editor Barbara Tucker at 693-1000, ext. 4110 or email firstname.lastname@example.org