A recent study in Connecticut showed that the results and future of Connecticut’s youth did not look good.The study was conducted with 200 children who lived on the Gold Coast and were between the ages of 8 and 11 years old. The results concluded that only 1` in every 14 children which meant was able to read an analogue watch or clock, and only 1 in every 10 children owned a watch. If you do the math, then only 20% of all the children in Southwest Connecticut can read thetime on an analogue clock. These results shocked the owner and employees of the Discount Watch Store and they felt that they had a responsibility to help solve this crisis. They partnered with a local non-profit organization called, Wakeman Boys & Girls Club. Together the Discount Watch Store and Wakeman Boys & Girls Club created a national initiative and conducted educational workshops for children. At the firstworkshops, DWS not only taught the children how to read an analogue clock but also donated over 100 analogue watches; both men’s watches and women’s watches.
When asked what his thoughts were regarding the results of the study conducted, Zai Zhu, the owner of the store said that he was deeply disturbed by the results of the study. It concerned him that, not only did children not know how to read an analogue watch, butit showed that many children were growing up withoutthe basiclife skills they needed to survive the current world environment. He also noted that the store was delighted to providewatches as Christmas giftsforchildren who did not own their ownwatches. Zai Zhufurther stated that Wakeman Boys & Girls Club was the ideal choice for the Discount Watch Store to partner with, as Wakeman Boys & Girls Club have two clubhouses; one in Bridgeport and the otherin Southport. Both these clubhousescurrently offer more than 100 annual programs for disadvantaged children.These programs have helped, and continue to help, more than 4 300 children learn basic life skills, build self-esteem, and acquire honest values.
Jenn Vega, the Program Director for Wakeman Boys &Girls Club, also stated that they were excited to be a part of the initiative started by the Discount Watch Store. According to Vega, learning how to read an analogue watch was not only about learning to tell the time, it helped the children understand time zones, it increased the children’s mathematics skills, and allowed the children to become more aware of time.Thisin turn, helped the children understand the need for punctuality when it comes to attending school classes. It goes without saying that the lessons learnt as a child will translate into being successful employees of a company. She also stated that all the skills that come from learning to read a watch are vital life skills that children will use for the rest of their lives.
In conclusion, it is incredible to watch companies such as theDiscount Watch Storepartner with local non-profit organisations such as Wakeman Boys & Girls Club, to become active in communities where there is a need to teach young peoplecore values and life skills.