The Junior Achievement Worldwide program began in 1919. The program has operated in West Virginia since 1971 with the first classes beginning in Charleston.
Now the Junior Achievement program can be found in five Eastern Kentucky counties and 51 in West Virginia. The four Northern Panhandle counties are serviced by the Junior Achievement program in Western Pennsylvania.
Brooks said it was nice to see so many students learning, engaged and cooperating in groups.
Bill Crum, a banker with Huntington Bank, said it's important for Huntington as a community member to give back when it can.
"The biggest thing is for them to think there is a possibility for me to do something like this in the future," Crum said.
When addressing students, Crum challenged them to think of a business idea and what they would need to make it successful. To his pleasant surprise, a few students already had ideas ranging from a cosmetic makeup company to a babysitting service for animals.
"They've already been thinking about this long before we got here," Crum said. "We come out and talk in settings like this and get the children to start thinking like this because it won't be that long before they're out of school and in the workforce."
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