Thank you SunTrust Foundation! Because of your generosity, ten teachers received grants totaling $15,000 to teach financial literacy in their classrooms.
Classroom projects include:
Robert Ball, from Auburndale High School, is focusing on budgeting and diversified savings in his Economics class. Graduating seniors will receive jump drives with budgeting information and spreadsheets to use as they go to college.
In a world of purchases made with a swipe of plastic, Deanna Brewer from Berkley Elementary Charter will be working with 1st and 2nd graders to provide an environment for students to be exposed to coins, bills, literature, games, and tools for mastering the important life-skill of using money wisely!
Pam Grant and Pamela Hart from Carlton Palmore are working on a joint project to help first and fifth grade students understand the relationship between earning, spending and saving. Both teachers will use literature, manipulatives and software to get students on the path of becoming financially responsible adults!
Haines City High School’s teacher, Broderic Ogzewalla, will use the National FFA Organization guidelines to teacher students the value of raising their own food, keeping accurate records and finding out if a project has a profit or loss. Records kept will include expenses, inventory, labor and income. This real life skill is essential to each student’s financial literacy growth.
To battle the increasing lack of experience in money management, Cynthia Kuhlman from Highland City Elementary will be using the Money Doesn’t Grow on Debit Cards curriculum to instruct 1st-4th grade students in financial literacy. Fifth grade students will participate in the EverFi Financial Literacy course to research and track corporations investing fictitious funds in a mock stock market investment program, .
Polk Avenue teachers Melissa Kelly and Michelle Counter will be working together across grade levels to introduce a multidisciplinary approach to teaching financial literacy. They have paralleled the 7 habits of highly effective people with 7 habits of financial literacy. In this project, “Are You Ready for a Hurricane?”, lessons reflect not only the monetary budgeting and types of economic costs, but also critical thinking skills for planning and realistic experiences for students. Students will create hurricane kits using a budget, deciding what is most essential in case of an emergency.
Rochelle School of the Arts has two financial literacy projects.
Lori Crowley will work with 4th and 5th grade gifted students learning the foundational skills of trading stocks through the Stock Market Game. Theresa McCawley will instruct lessons on “goods and services”, “wants and needs”, and “saving and spending”. Students will set up a 2nd grade market to sell school items such as pencils, pencil toppers, erasers, and $1 Scholastic books. Profits will be used to buy math manipulatives that will encourage spatial reasoning, critical and logical thinking, and problem solving skills. The students will work in the market using their counting skills to collect money and count back change. With this awesome hands on learning, students will understand how to save money for something they may want, collect money, count back change, and understand supply and demand.
There are exciting times ahead for all of the students participating in these diverse classroom projects!