Loyd & Epperson recognized for Junior Achievement contributions

posted Aug 31, 2017, 11:36 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Aug 31, 2017, 11:39 AM ]

Two local Junior Achievement committee members, Rick Loyd and Matt Epperson, helped expand and fund the Junior Achievement (JA) program in Bartlesville Public Schools, providing students with outstanding real-life learning opportunities at JA Biztown.

Junior Achievement programs offer students in kindergarten through 12th grade learning experiences that help them gain the knowledge and skills necessary to make sound education and economic choices. Students learn skills such as balancing a checkbook, interviewing for a job, and receiving job training. Almost 1,400 district students participated in the JA school-based programs last year. Many community volunteers came to the sites to teach the JA curriculum to students.

The capstone for the elementary JA Program is JA Biztown. JA Biztown is a fully interactive simulated experience where students learn the fundamental relationships between academics and life beyond school. Students practice the rights and responsibilities of citizen as they become workers, consumers, entrepreneurs, and leaders in the JA Biztown community. This powerful learning experience is made possible through the generous donations of Accenture and Truity Credit Union.

Matt Epperson and Rick Loyd were instrumental in expanding the program from only four elementary schools to all six of the Bartlesville elementary schools for this school year.

Matt Epperson is the chairperson of the local Local Junior Achievement Bartlesville Committee. He spearheaded an effort several years ago to expand JA programs and raised additional funds to make more JA opportunities possible for BPS students. Mr. Epperson is a manager for Human Resources operations at Phillips 66.

Rick Loyd is the Senior Vice President for Truity Credit Union. Truity provided funding for bus transportation for BPS fifth graders to JA Biztown in Tulsa.

The district appreciates the support of community members like these who help provide our students with expanded learning opportunities.

Rick Loyd & Matt Epperson
Rick Loyd & Matt Epperson were recognized at the July meeting of the Bartlesville Board of Education for their contributions to the district's participation in Junior Achievement programs.