New sponsor named for Junior Achievement Discovery Center in Savannah


International Paper has donated $ 100,000 to the Junior Achievement (JA) Colonial Group Discovery Center of Savannah fundraising campaign, Junior Achievement of Georgia announced this week.

Their pledge will fund the renovation and launch of the facility on the Armstrong campus of Georgia Southern University. The Center will be housed in the former student recreation center, which covers approximately 25,000 square feet.

“International Paper has been a great partner for many years. They are generous with their financial support and their employees have worked with local students to teach financial literacy, entrepreneurship and career preparation, ”said Camille Russo, vice president, marketing, JA of Georgia.

“We are delighted that through this facility we are expanding our reach in the region and will provide 150 students per day with invaluable experiences for years to come.” “

Announced in September, the center is in collaboration with GSU and will offer real-world experiences such as running a business, balancing a budget and applying for a loan, to college students in the region through two main programs. , JA BizTown and JA Finance Park.

“The future of our communities depends on the children of today and therefore we support strategic partners, such as Junior Achievement, who aim to help children succeed through a holistic approach to education,” Doug Johnson, director of International Paper’s paper mill, Port Wentworth and Jay mill. Wilson of Savannah Mill in a statement.

“We are proud of our long-standing relationship with Junior Achievement, and this project is why we are investing our resources with them. We are delighted to be a part of this innovative facility where 15,000 students from the region will learn important life skills. “

The entire campaign for the installation will total approximately $ 3.8 million in financial support. The campaign received a principal donation of $ 2 million from Colonial Group last month.

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