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Chamber and Modern Woodmen of America Donate to WFHS Finance Academy

The Lewisville-Clemmons Chamber of Commerce and Modern Woodmen of America donated $1,500.00 to the West Forsyth High School (WFHS) Finance Academy during the Chamber’s December monthly meeting.  The Chamber of Commerce and the WFHS Finance Academy formed a partnership in December 2013.

During each Chamber meeting, members have the opportunity to pay $5 for an “infomercial.”  At the end of the year, the money collected from the infomercials is donated to a group of the Board of Director’s choosing. For the fourth year, the Chamber voted to donate the collected funds to the Finance Academy. For this year and the past two, Modern Woodmen of America, a fraternal financial services company, matched the Chamber’s contribution and co-presented the check to the Finance Academy.

Under the direction of Ms. Leslie Martin, WFHS was the first school in Forsyth County to provide a Finance Academy, a three-year academic program of study for college-bound students that includes the basics of marketing, management, human resources, finance, credit, and accounting. The program includes an internship. “We are so thankful for the Chamber’s support of our program and our students. This donation will make it possible for students to participate in field trips and additional learning experiences,” said Ms. Martin.

“We are privileged to have a high school in our community that is so involved in actively producing and preparing our future business leaders. Our vision is to foster this new generation of entrepreneurs, and what better way than to support Ms. Martin, the Finance Academy team, and the students. We are rewarded by the investment in our local budding leaders by planting these financial seeds and watching their professional growth,” said Brad Hunter, Chair, Lewisville-Clemmons Chamber.  “Modern Woodmen of America is glad to support the Chamber’s vision with a contribution to the Finance Academy,” stated Jason Keller, Managing Partner with Modern Woodmen.

Pictured (left to right): Beth Byrd, Academy Teacher; Michael White, Assistant Principal; Austin Bryant, 11th-grade student; Jason Keller, Chamber Vice Chair; Brad Hunter, Chamber Chair

Pictured (left to right): Beth Byrd, Academy Teacher; Michael White, Assistant Principal; Austin Bryant, 11th-grade student; Jason Keller, Chamber Vice Chair; Brad Hunter, Chamber Chair. Photo Credit: John Golden Frames and Fotos.