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Mr. Fisk from Austin TX is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Breaking In To Financial Literacy

Help me give my students a hands-on problem solving experience with these locks, boxes and other items to create break-out boxes!

  • $493 goal

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My Students

"And will you succeed? Yes you will indeed! 98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed!" -Dr. Seuss. It's easy for people to underestimate my students. 80% of them receive free or reduced lunch. Many come from difficult home situations. Despite the adversity they deal with everyday I have never seen a group of students with more potential.

"You have brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes, you can steer yourself in any direction you choose." This quote from Dr. Seuss perfectly describes the fork in the road my students find themselves at.

Will they settle for the life they see all around them or will they fight for more? With your support I want to push these students to achieve more than they ever thought possible! I'll let the good Dr. have the final word. "Kid, you'll move mountains!"

My Project

My students struggle with financial literacy skills. Most are growing up in households without stable finances and that can lead to incorrect ideas about money that last a lifetime. I want our financial literacy unit to be fun, engaging, and memorable so that the ideas we discuss will be useful in the future.

We are going to create break-out boxes that will put our problem solving and critical thinking skills to the test!

Break-out boxes are a fun, scaled-down version of escape rooms where students will need to solve problems and puzzles in order to discover the combination to several locks and ultimately reach the prize. Multiple types of locks (standard, 4-digit, word, directional) give us unlimited options in creating mind-bending puzzles for students to solve. Will students be able to work together and solve the puzzles to open the box? I know they will try their best!

Mr. Fisk
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Master Lock 1500iD Set Your Own Directional Combination Padlock, 2-1/8 in. Wide with 1 in. Long Shackle, Assorted Colors • Amazon Business $11.49 6 $68.94
Waterloo Portable Series Tool Box made with Lightweight Industrial-Strength Plastic, 14" • Amazon Business $10.82 6 $64.92
Wordlock PL-003-SL 5-Dial Combination Padlock, Silver • Amazon Business $8.40 6 $50.40
Master Lock 1535DWD Set Your Own Word Combination Padlock, 1-1/2 in. Wide with 15/16 in. Long Shackle, Assorted Colors • Amazon Business $6.96 6 $41.76
Sterilite 19849806 18 Quart/17 Liter Ultra Latch Box, Clear with a White Lid and Black Latches, 6-Pack • Amazon Business $39.15 1 $39.15
Master Lock Lockout Tagout Hasp, Vinyl Coated Aluminum Hasp, 1-1/2 in. Jaw Clearance, 417 • Amazon Business $5.99 6 $35.94
ORIA Combination Lock, 4 Digit Combination Padlock Set, Metal and Plated Steel Material for School, Employee, Gym or Sports Locker, Case, Toolbox, Fence, Hasp Cabinet and Storage, Pack of 2 • Amazon Business $9.99 3 $29.97
Optimal Shop 6 Pack UV Ultra Violet Blacklight 9 LED Flashlight Torch Light Outdoors Etc • Amazon Business $13.99 2 $27.98
Master Lock Padlock, Standard Dial Combination Lock, 1-7/8 in. Wide, Assorted Colors, 1530T (Pack of 2) • Amazon Business $7.97 3 $23.91

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