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Mr. Phelan from Thurmont MD is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Building the Financial Literacy of High School Students!

My students need a library of books regarding personal finance to allow them to complete research projects and follow up on personal interest topics. Most public and school libraries do not have these.

  • $197 goal

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My Students

My students come from all different backgrounds. We have families who value education above all else all the way to families in so much crisis that education takes a back-burner position in their priority list. Our students have a huge amount of potential and often don't realize this potential due to lack of opportunity from financial circumstances.

Personal finance education doesn't seem to be happening in the home and it's my goal to bring that to them in as much detail as possible to help break the cycle of financial hardship that seems to dominate a high portion of our community.

We are not considered a Title I school, but we (the staff and administration) suspect that we should be, but families are not willing to fill out the paperwork for it.

My Project

In my personal finance class, students will be encouraged to follow up on topics (within the large realm of personal finance that interests them). We will be accessing blogs and podcasts using existing resources, but books provide so much more depth and detail, and encourage reading as a source of learning for the future!

I plan to allow students time every week to pursue learning more about the topics they find interesting such as stock market investing, saving, life-hacking, minimalism, frugal living, real estate, entrepreneurship and so on.

We are helping to teach the skills we missed in high school!

Mr. Phelan
Grades 9-12
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 180 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Pure Genius: Building a Culture of Innovation and Taking 20% Time to the Next Level • Amazon Business $19.96 1 $19.96
The Bogleheads' Guide to the Three-Fund Portfolio: How a Simple Portfolio of Three Total Market Index Funds Outperforms Most Investors with Less Risk • Amazon Business $17.32 1 $17.32
The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich • Amazon Business $15.74 1 $15.74
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance • Amazon Business $15.19 1 $15.19
Meet the Frugalwoods: Achieving Financial Independence Through Simple Living • Amazon Business $14.44 1 $14.44
Your Money or Your Life: 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence: Fully Revised and Updated for 2018 • Amazon Business $13.86 1 $13.86
The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America's Wealthy • Amazon Business $12.14 1 $12.14
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
The Richest Man in Babylon • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99

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