Washington Gas and Junior Achievement Educate Students on Energy Finance

Junior Achievement Finance Park® to promote
financial literacy among 9,000 students

LANDOVER, Md.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Washington Gas joined Junior Achievement of Greater Washington today for
the grand opening of JA Finance Park® Prince
George’s County, the first youth financial literacy supercenter in
Maryland. There are 18 JA Finance Park® facilities nationwide, committed
to inspiring middle school students to be financially capable and
tenacious. The new park is located on the campus of G. James Gholson
Middle/Cora L. Rice Elementary Schools in Landover, Md., and will serve
every eighth grader in the County, or 9,000 Prince George’s County
Public Schools students per year, as well as students from surrounding
districts, including the District.

“Washington Gas has been a part of the D.C. metro area for over 166
years, and we consistently look for new ways to promote education and
inspiration in these communities,” said Marcellous Frye, Vice President
of Support Services for Washington Gas. “We fully support Junior
Achievement’s dedication to providing our next generation of leaders
with the financial acumen they need to succeed.”

Washington Gas and Pepco jointly developed the energy education
experience at JA Finance Park®, aptly named the “YOU-tility Challenge.”
The challenge includes an interactive 3-D house where students can
explore ways in which natural gas and electricity keep important
appliances running room-by-room. A corresponding touch-screen game
allows students to test their knowledge of how houses are powered, and
provides tips for saving both energy and money.

The “YOU-tility Challenge” is one of many storefronts at the Finance
Park, where the full-day curriculum provides students with real-life
scenarios, including factors such as income and family size. Students
then visit various storefronts where everyday expenses, from utilities
to groceries, have to be balanced in a budget. Upon completing the
program, 90 percent of graduates have reported feeling more confident in
their ability to be successful in the future. The park opened to
students on September 29, 2015, and Washington Gas employees served as
volunteer teaching instructors to help guide the new students through
the curriculum and to provide energy answers.

“JA Finance Park® is about inspiring a generation of Prince George’s
County youth to be financially capable. It’s about giving them power to
make the right financial choices and a new perspective on why staying in
school and setting college and career goals is important to their
ability to achieve their dreams,” said Ed Grenier, President and CEO of
Junior Achievement of Greater Washington. “We are thrilled that
Maryland’s first JA Finance Park® will be right here in Prince George’s
County, and are so thankful to partners like Washington Gas who join
with us in our commitment to the boundless potential of these young
people. The future starts today—and it starts right here within these

By the end of 2017, Maryland will be home to two JA Finance Park®
facilities when Montgomery County opens on the fourth floor of the new
Thomas Edison High School of Technology building in the Fall of 2017.
The first JA Finance Park® opened in Fairfax, Virginia, in October,
2010. To date, more than 71,000 students have become JA Finance Park®
Graduates through more than 1.6 million instructional hours, 86 school
visits from 9 school systems throughout the region. There are 18 JA
Finance Park® facilities nationwide. To learn more about JA Finance
Park® in Prince George’s County, partnership and volunteer
opportunities, please visit www.myJA.org.

About Washington Gas

Washington Gas Light Company is a regulated natural gas utility
providing safe, reliable natural gas service to more than 1.1 million
customers in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. A
subsidiary of WGL Holdings, Inc., the company has been providing energy
to residential, commercial and industrial customers for more than 166

About WGL

WGL (NYSE: WGL), headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a leading source
for clean, efficient and diverse energy solutions. With activities and
assets across the U.S., WGL consists of Washington Gas, WGL Energy, WGL
Midstream and Hampshire Gas. WGL provides options for natural gas,
electricity, green power and energy services, including generation,
storage, transportation, distribution, supply and efficiency. Our
calling as a company is to make energy surprisingly easy for our
employees, our community and all our customers. Whether you are a
homeowner or renter, small business or multinational corporation, state
and local or federal agency, WGL is here to provide Energy Answers. Ask
Us. For more information, visit us at www.wgl.com.

About Junior Achievement Greater Washington

Since 1965, Junior Achievement of Greater Washington has inspired the
next generation to be financially capable and tenacious, equipped with
the tools to solve problems creatively, manage risk effectively, and
welcome opportunity. Through our innovative financial literacy, work
readiness, and entrepreneurship K-12 programs, we inspire the next
generation to navigate their path to the American Dream. This year,
Junior Achievement will deliver its programs to more than 63,000 K-12
students throughout the region. In the last 50 years, JA® has impacted
the lives of almost 800,000 young people in Maryland, the District, and


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