Junior Achievement to host bowling fundraiser for NPS partnership

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The FUNraising for JA (Junior Achievement) 80's Bowl at Sooner Bowling Center will be held June 20. To participate, teams of five people must collectively raise $750 for Junior Achievement, which helps public schools provide business and career education.

Junior Achievement wants to take Norman residents bowling.

A ticket costs an individual or team $750 in fundraising for the organization that produces programs that provide career readiness and business principles to public school students.

FUNraising 4 JA 80's Bowl comes to the Sooner Bowling Center, 550 24th Ave. NW, on June 20. Teams — which can have up to five people — will be covered for two hours of bowling, shoe rental and dinner. They will also receive an 80's Bowl T-shirt and entry into door prize drawings.

Between now and then, teams will be asked to raise money that will fund Junior Achievement programs. This includes JA Inspire, which is a large career fair designed to appeal to eighth grade students.

The multi-day event brings local businesses to one location where they showcase jobs and services they provide. Students get to interact with representatives of those businesses with the goal of helping them find a career path they would enjoy.

About 1,200 eighth grade students from Norman Public Schools are expected to take part in JA Inspire when the program launches in the district in 2020. Junior Achievement estimates it will cost about $36,000.

The organization has already been working with NPS. According to Junior Achievement figures, its programs reached about 960 NPS students last school year and provided state-approved curriculum to 47 classrooms.

Jackson, Lincoln, Wilson, and Truman Elementary schools and Whittier Middle School participated in Junior Achievement programs. The curriculum was provided at no cost to the schools.

FUNraising 4 JA 80's Bowl is the largest fundraiser for Junior Achievement's Oklahoma City region. Because the programs deal in business principles and incorporate local businesses, fundraising is often done by local business teams.

Teams sign up through the online fundraising program Qgiv. The 80's Bowl page is online at secure.qgiv.com/event/939972/.

According to figures on that page, Junior Achievement had raised $2,598 of a $16,500 goal as of Friday afternoon. Teams to have signed up and started fundraising so far include three from First United Bank and one from IBC Bank.

OG&E and Arvest donated $750 each, while BancFirst has donated $500 so far.

More information on the fundraiser and Junior Achievement can be found at Jaok.org or by calling 405-235-3399.