Company: MorganFranklin Consulting.
When Ron Morgan had to face a class full of second graders to explain how supply chains work, he knew a matter-of-fact economics lesson would quickly make them antsy for recess.
So he decided to sweeten the deal: He brought them some donut holes from Dunkin’ Donuts and based his lesson around how the pastries were made.
Morgan doesn’t typically spend his workdays in a classroom. He is co-founder of MorganFranklin Consulting, a McLean-based firm that specializes in finance management and technology solutions. But once a year, he and dozens of his colleagues take over North Springfield Elementary for a full day to teach children about finance, business and economics.
“When it’s all said and done, they’re able to understand a little better how various jobs fit into the overall community,” Morgan said.
As a business consultancy, MorganFranklin feels its staff can offer the students unique, real world perspective.
“It’s not just words on a page for me,” Morgan said, because many of the principles they discuss in the lessons are incorporated into the way he runs his business each day.
MorganFranklin employees work with Junior Achievement, a nonprofit group that aims to educate about workforce readiness and entrepreneurship, to develop a plan for their classes. Junior Achievement provides teaching materials and basic guidance, and then MorganFranklin staffers divide into teams to prepare their lessons.
Jeana Foster, senior manager for corporate social responsibility, said employees take the planning quite seriously.
“You wouldn’t walk into a client meeting unprepared. We kind of have to look at it in the same way,” Foster said.
At last year’s event, Foster said the students instantly took a liking to their guest instructors.
“The kids were so adorable. When it was recess, the kids were begging our employees to come play outside,” Foster said.
In addition to providing an enrichment experience for the children, Morgan said the annual event has boosted camaraderie among his staff.