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Two local businessmen received worldwide bronze leadership awards for their involvement with the Junior Achievement (JA) program in the Roaring Fork Valley.Dave Scruby, president of Alpine Bank in Glenwood, and Chet Garling, general sales manager for Bighorn Toyota in Glenwood, received the honor.”This means an awful lot,” Scruby said, “because we (the Junior Achievement board of the Roaring Fork Valley) believe in Junior Achievement and what it brings to the community.” A total of three awards were given to members in the Colorado Springs chapter, with which the valley’s program is associated. Scruby and Garling were instrumental in bringing the Junior Achievement program to the Roaring Fork Valley eight years ago, and both are proud of the progress the program has made in that time.

“It’s been fun to watch it grow,” Garling said. “We’ve had great success in growing and getting people interested in the program.”According to Robin Tolan – Junior Achievement district manager – JA started in 1919. Today the program stretches to 150 countries, teaching kindergartners through seniors in high school. The valley’s program focuses on teaching third- through eighth-grade students about economics and business. It started out with around 10 classes in 1999 and has grown to over 100 classes for this upcoming year. Clayton Collier, president of JA for the Roaring Fork Valley, said the whole idea of the program is to teach the fundamentals of the free enterprise system. “It also teaches the students the importance of staying in school and getting the education that it takes to be successful in business,” he said. Garling participated in Junior Achievement when he was in prep school in Connecticut and continues to be involved with the program by donating his time fundraising as well as teaching one of the classes at the eighth-grade level.

Scruby and Alpine Bank donate 10 cents of each transaction made with certain customers’ debit cards issued by the bank to the JA program.”It’s an easy thing for us to support because I truly believe in it,” Scruby said. “I’m glad that I was there to help get it started.” Both Scruby and Garling expressed gratitude for Tolan’s contributions to the success of the program as well. This award “means to me that Robin (Tolan) has done a great job of getting Junior Achievement up and running in the valley,” Garling said. Contact John Gardner: 945-8515, ext. 535



jgardner@postindependent.comJunior Achievement programn focuses on seven key content areas: Business, citizenship, economics, entrepreneurship, ethics/character, financial literacy, and careern has 495 offices worldwiden has 214,000 volunteer teachersn reaches approximately 7 million students from inner cities, suburbs, and rural areas


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