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Mrs. J. from Covington LA is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Creating Smart Money Managers Through a Classroom Economy

My project needs books and office/business supplies such as a cash box, classroom mail center, envelopes, clipboards, long reach stapler, card stock, wallets, and a stamp.

  • $824 goal

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I am a third grade teacher at a Title 1 school that includes children from various backgrounds. I teach all subjects - math, language arts, science, social studies, art and physical education. We experienced Hurricane Katrina in August of 2005. As a result, our student body changed somewhat. Our school is a wonderful school of about 500 children total, grades pre-k through 3. The majority of our students receive free or reduced lunch and come from a lower socio-economic background. As a whole, people today face many issues due to mismanaged money and debt, as well as lack of responsibility. We are surrounded and bombarded by products and have fallen into that instant gratification attitude. Children need to have an understanding of the value of money, the gratification of saving for larger items, the economy, and how to mange their money wisely. I would like to institute a classroom economy. The purpose of this economy is to create a hands on, real world learning experience that covers all subjects across the curriculum, as well as reinforces social skills and acceptable behavior. Through this classroom economy, students would be paid based on fulfilling classroom jobs, making good choices, and fulfilling responsibilities. They will be paid via a paycheck printed from the computer. They will have the option of cashing their check for money or depositing it to save. They can also spend money in our classroom store (featuring pencils, treats, trinket, school supplies, etc.). Prior to instituting the actual economy in the classroom, students will be taught about money, economy, supply & demand, saving and spending. In order to fully institute this plan, I will need books to use when teaching about money, economy, supply & demand, saving and spending. I will also need office/business supplies to actually create the checkbooks, bank, and the class store. This experience creates life long learners as well as teaches real world skills. Our country us the richest country. However, there is so much poverty and debt. It's my hope that by aligning this year long economy lesson with my state standards and grade level expectations and teaching my students at this young age about the economy, using/budgeting their money wisely it will set a foundation so that they will not be another debt statistic, and will grow to be wise money managers and consumers. Thank you for your consideration of this project!

Mrs. J.
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Stanley(R) Bostitch Long-Reach Stapler, Black • Office Depot Inc. $33.24 1 $33.24
Elmers(R) Premium Foam Display Board, 36quot x 48quot, White • Office Depot Inc. $14.99 1 $14.99
Cash Box With Locking Latch, 3 7/8quotH x 11quotW x 7 5/8quotD, Sand • Office Depot Inc. $13.99 1 $13.99
Xerox(R) Brights Recycled Color Cover Stock, Yellow, 65 Lb, 8 1/2quot x 11quot, Pack Of 250 Sheets • Office Depot Inc. $12.99 1 $12.99
Fellowes(R) Literature Organizer, 24 Compartments, 23 7/16quotH x 29 7/16quotW x 11 7/8quotD, Dove Gray • Office Depot Inc. $73.14 1 $73.14
OIC(R) Hardboard Clipboard, Memo Size, 6quot x 9quot, Brown • Office Depot Inc. $1.32 5 $6.60
The Go-Around Dollar Barbara Johnston Adams, Joyce A. Zarins (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.25 1 $15.25
How Much Is a Million? David M. Schwartz, Steven Kellogg (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.29 1 $15.29
New Coat for Anna Harriet Ziefert, Anita Lobel (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Round and Round the Money Goes (Discovery Readers Series): What Money Is and How We Use It Melvin Berger, Gilda Berger, Jane McCreary (Illustrator), With Gilda Berger • Barnes and Noble $3.55 1 $3.55
Big Buck Adventure Shelley Gill, Deborah Tobola, Grace Lin (Illustrator), Grace Lin • Barnes and Noble $15.25 1 $15.25
Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich, Last Sunday, Vol. 1 Judith Viorst, Ray Cruz, Ray Cruz (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.25 1 $15.25
A Chair for My Mother Vera B. Williams, Vera B. Williams (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $14.39 1 $14.39
Chicken Sunday Patricia Polacco, Patricia Polacco (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.29 1 $15.29
Uncle Jed's Barber Shop Margaree King King Mitchell, James E. Ransome (Illustrator), James Ransome (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $16.15 1 $16.15
Homer Price Robert McCloskey, Robert McCloskey (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain: A Nandi Tale Verna Aardema, Beatriz Vidal (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.29 1 $15.29
Doorbell Rang Pat Hutchins, Pat Hutchins (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $14.39 1 $14.39
2000 Plus(R) Jumbo Dual Pad Message Stamp, quotPaidquot • Office Depot Inc. $9.99 1 $9.99
Smead(R) Recycled Redrope Expanding Wallet With Elastic Cord, 3 1/2quot Expansion, 11quot x 5quot • Office Depot Inc. $3.51 45 $157.95
Sam and the Lucky Money Karen Chinn, Cornelius Van Wright (Illustrator), Ying-Hwa Hu (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.25 1 $15.25
Erandi's Braids Antonio Hernandez F. Madrigal, Tomie de Paola (Illustrator), Tomie dePaola (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.29 1 $15.29
The Kids' Money Book: Earning Saving Spending Investing Donating Jamie Kyle McGillian, Ian Phillips (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.35 1 $5.35
Coin Count-Y: A Bank in a Book Ikids, Innovative Kids Staff, Jim Talbot (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $9.89 1 $9.89
Kids' Everything Money: From Saving to Spending to Investing - Learn All about Money! Diane Mayr • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
Money (Eyewitness Books Series) Joe Cribb, Laura Buller • Barnes and Noble $14.39 1 $14.39
Columbian(R) White Wove 10 Business Envelopes, 4 1/8quot x 9 1/2quot, White, Box Of 500 • Office Depot Inc. $6.83 2 $13.66
Money Sense for Kids Hollis Page Harman • Barnes and Noble $9.85 1 $9.85

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