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Ms. Gibson from Troy NY is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Don't Be a Turkey: A Meal Ticket to Financial Literacy

My students need aprons and iron-on decals, as well as financial planning materials books to assist with our Annual Turkey Feast.

  • $654 goal

This project expired on July 18, 2015.

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My Students

There is no tool more practical than the teaching of money management to the next generation. Today's students face multiple challenges, and with those challenges come the need to learn how to be responsible with finances. As teachers, we must help our students realize the power their future holds!

The students in my classroom are in grades 6 - 8 and come from a variety of diverse backgrounds.

We are a self-contained special education classroom full of kids that thirst for knowledge. We have students with Autism, with learning disabilities, and with emotional disabilities. We have boys and girls. We have some that are young at heart and others that are wise beyond their years. But, what is one thing these students all have in common? The need to be educated in a way that will provide them the tools they need to become successful adults. They need real-life experiences. They need to be immersed in meaningful learning experiences. They need knowledge. They need to know how financial literacy will allow them to have the true future they envision.

My Project

Most adults can tell you that the hardest part of "becoming an adult" is learning to manage your own finances. I often wonder... how can I, as a special education math teacher, impact these kids meaningfully? The answer is that I can provide them with the knowledge of how to be successful. My students need aprons and iron-on decals, as well as financial planning materials books to assist with our Annual Turkey Feast. We will use these materials by first creating a team logo for our Annual Turkey Feast - where our students feed around 150 people. We will make this year's feast different in that students will be assigned a uniform and evaluated on their job performance. Preparation for our feast will include students creating a budget for planning a family meal, as well as one for a large crowd. Students will be given budget constraints and be taught how to best spend their money. Follow-up units will include life-skills lessons with job-hunting, balancing a checkbook, and consumer math.

This project will make a huge difference on the lives of my students, their teachers, as well as the faculty, staff and students in our building!

Our students love to look forward to our Annual Turkey Feast, and this project will allow us to extend the learning (and fun) beyond the feast itself. Students will finish this project understanding teamwork, branding, advertising, family budgets, healthy meal planning, teamwork, conflict resolution, and so much more!

Ms. Gibson
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 35 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
APRON SAX DESIGN YOUR OWN ADULT COTTON BIB CUT • School Specialty $6.88 50 $344.00
Avery T-shirt Transfers for Inkjet Printers, 8.5 x 11 Inches, for use with White or Light Colored Fabric, 6 Sheets (03271) • Amazon $7.63 6 $45.78
LifeProject A Resource for Teaching Personal Finance • Nasco $31.95 1 $31.95
Nascos I Must Have Money Because I Still Have Checks Left Consumer Education Curriculum • Nasco $29.95 1 $29.95
JAR MONEY • School Specialty $13.41 1 $13.41
MONEY PLAY U.S. BILLS SET OF 320 - SCHOOL SMART • School Specialty $10.64 1 $10.64

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