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$500K donation moves Junior Achievement fundraiser closer to goal

       A donation from the GE Johnson Construction Community Foundation in May leaves Junior Achievement of Southern Colorado (JA), which relocated to Old Colorado City two years ago, less than $1 million from its fundraising goal of just under $3.9 million.
       JA-SoCo serves 46 counties throughout Southern Colorado and reached more than 28,000 students in 2015, a press release states.
       The donation will be reflected in the naming of the Finance Park after Gilbert E. Johnson, founder of the GE Johnson Construction Company, headquartered in Colorado Springs.
       The Finance Park will be one of two programs offered in an interactive, “simulated city,” according to Carrie McKee, president and CEO of JA of Southern Colorado. “When complete, the park will host eighth-grade JA students as they build economic and financial literacy during day-long field trip experiences,” a press release states.
       The other program at the site will be for fifth-grade students, called BizTown, and “the whole building will be called the Center for Free Enterprise,” McKee explained.
       Construction of the Gil Johnson JA Finance Park is expected to start this summer and conclude in 2017, the press release adds.
       JA of SoCo is located in the former Goodwill complex on the north side of the 2300 block of West Colorado Avenue.

Westside Pioneer/press release
(Posted 5/8/16; Business: Changes)

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