Junior Achievement of Rhode Island Announces 31st Annual Achieve-A-Bowl Dates

PROVIDENCE, RI – Junior Achievement of Rhode Island (JA) announced today that this year’s 31stAnnual Achieve-A-Bowl will be held on March 21 – 22 and 28 – 29, 2015. Partnering once again with Lang’s Bowlarama in Cranston, Achieve-A-Bowl is JA’s oldest and largest community event, raising over $127,000 last year.

This year, JA expects nearly 1,000 participants from more than 50 local companies to raise money and hit the lanes to support JA’s mission. The funds raised help Junior Achievement provide their programs that focus on financial literacy, workforce readiness, and entrepreneurship to Rhode Island’s K-12 students.

“Achieve-A-Bowl provides a great opportunity to show off your bowling skills, or lack thereof, network and have lots of fun all while supporting a great cause: Rhode Island students,” said Jimmy Burchfield, Jr. of D’Amico – Burchfield LLP and a member of the Junior Achievement Board of Directors. “My teammates and I can’t wait to participate again this March in what we hope will be the biggest and best event to date.”

One hundred percent of dollars fundraised by bowlers will support JA’s programs that are delivered to students in grades K through 12 by community volunteers throughout the state of Rhode Island. These programs offer youth the opportunity to bridge the gap between what they learn in the classroom and the skills they need to be successful in the workplace.

“This event is extremely important to JA as it allows our programs to reach 140 classrooms, or over 3,000 Rhode Island students per year,” explained Lee Lewis, president of Junior Achievement of Rhode Island. “Without the support from our sponsors and bowlers, we would not be able to provide as many young people with essential skills they need to own their future economic success.”

Every year at Achieve-A-Bowl, local companies in the same industry compete against each other in a friendly competition known as The Industry Challenge. The winner is determined by combining the top ten bowling scores with the average dollar amount raised per bowler from each company. Last year’s Industry Challenge winners included Amica Insurance, BankRI, The Bentley Foundation, CVS Health, Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP, Providence Marriott, Province Mortgage Associates, and Tech Collective.

For more information on Achieve-A-Bowl or to register your team, please visit http://jarhodeisland.org/achieve-a-bowl.html or contact Mary Babbitt, development and events coordinator, at (401) 331-3850.

About Junior Achievement of Rhode Island (JA)

Junior Achievement is the state’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers and provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, workforce readiness and entrepreneurship. Today, JA reaches more than 7 percent of the Rhode Island student population per year in more than 20 communities across Rhode Island. For more information, visit our website at http://jarhodeisland.org, connect with us on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/juniorachievementri, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/JARhodeIsland.

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