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Bowl-A-Thon boosts Junior Achievement in Pasco


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PORT RICHEY — Junior Achievement supporters were on a roll during the recent Bowl-A-Thon fundraiser at Lane-Glo Lanes North.

JA’s signature event featured 24 teams here with scores of bowlers.

Pasco County Sheriff’s Office turned out in force with 10 teams. One team featured Kevin Doll, public information director, and son Caleb, 11.

The Pasco school district’s PLACE program, or Pasco Learning and Activity Centers of Enrichment, fielded five teams.

Fox Hollow Elementary School PLACE teacher Konnie Master demonstrated her “granny-style” bowling technique. Carlotta Mathis of Woodland Elementary School, another PLACE bowler, closely watched the scoreboard.

Rob Aguis, director of Community, Career and Technical Education in Pasco County, also was among participants.

Proceeds boost the program where volunteers visit classrooms to teach students about free enterprise.

In one recent year alone, the local JA program taught 81 elementary classes and 22 middle school classes to reach 2,541 students. In 2012, for instance, Hudson Elementary students were among those who learned the value of assembly lines to boost production.

In another typical exercise, students become stockholders in an imaginary company. Students might be surprised to learn that If a pizza sells for $10, the business might make only about $1 of profit.

For more information contact Alex Rolfsen from JA at alex.rolfsen@ja.org or (813) 490-4498.

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