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Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts raises $1450 with Virtual 5K Run/Walk

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts (JAWM) held a Virtual 5K Run/Walk June 11 through 14 to raise funds to support its literacy, entrepreneurship and career exploration programs. A total of 14 participants met the challenge and raised $1450 for the cause.


“The realities of the pandemic prompted us to hold this event virtually, but we are so grateful for the participants who still made the commitment to support us,” said Jennifer A. Connolly, President, JAWM. “Every bit helps as our programs are offered at no cost to schools and youth groups. Our students need financial literacy and work readiness programs to be prepared for their futures.”


Participants paid a $25 entry fee and were encouraged to walk, run or bike with friends and family and solicit donations through their own fundraising pages. Thanks also to Safety Restore from Westfield, the event’s medal sponsor, and Country Bank, the certificate sponsor.


“100 percent of the funds raised will support the transformation of JA including in-kit programs and virtual programming in the fall,” said Connolly. “By walking and running through neighborhoods across the region, participants in this year’s event showed their support for the future of our local youth.”

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About Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts

Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts was founded in Springfield, MA in 1919 and is the birthplace of JA. Today more than 13,000 students in grades K–12 in Western MA participate in JA programs annually. For more information, visit