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Mrs. Eckerfield from Modesto CA is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Financial Learning for Pre-Teens!

Help me give my students the ability to learn about responsibility with finances. We need fake money, cash envelopes and more.

  • $260 goal

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My Students

My students may not have material things but they have the will to succeed and a mind to problem solve. They are tenacious and savvy with the resources they are given. I love that they are willing to be vulnerable, make mistakes and learn from them, and accept constructive criticism ; and sometimes some tough love. My students showed up on the first day of school with nothing more than themselves, but that didn't matter because they trusted me to take care of them!

My students are raw in personality, speaking, and life experiences.

They seek guidance and opportunity to grow beyond themselves. Many of them need to be challenged academically, many of them need one-on-one attention due to behavior or educational gaps.

Overall, my students are special to me because I see glimpses of hope and want in their eyes. They think of my classroom as a second home and that is all I ever wanted as a teacher.

My Project

I am wanting to implement a reward system in my classroom that uses a financial system. Students will be learning about money indirectly through getting paid for classroom jobs, good behavior, responsibility with turning in work, acts of kindness and courage, and other citizen-like habits.

Students will earn a paycheck every two weeks for completing their classroom job responsibilities.

They will have to manage their paycheck correctly in order to pay "rent" for borrowing any school supplies or time (bathroom breaks) that were not a part of their original loan.

Students will learn how to write checks and handle cash to buy items at the marketplace where I will have special privileges for purchase (pillow backrest, board game time, partner choice, VIP desk, lunch with teacher). They will learn how to balance their budget and save up for larger purchases. Students will learn responsibility of keeping their money safe in the bank (teacher stored) or in their home (desk).

My ultimate goal is for my students to have fun learning about how to handle money and appreciate the things they have and will earn. I am hoping this also teaches my students to respect the items I and others have purchased for them to have a successful educational experience.

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

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latinx, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Boao Copy Money Fake Money Prop Money Set 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 Dollar Bills Double Sided Pretend Play Money for Motion Picture Props, 350 Bills, Amount 9,400 Dollars • Amazon Business $12.99 5 $64.95
Blue Panda Play Check Set - Educational Toy for Kids - Promotes Financial Literacy - Includes Checkbook, Deposit Slip, Check Register, 150 Sheets Total, Underwater Theme • Amazon Business $9.99 5 $49.95
Bememo 12 Pieces 6 Colors Pencil Pouch Zipper File Bags Waterproof Plastic Double Layer for Pen Bag Cosmetics Supplies Travel Accessories • Amazon Business $8.71 5 $43.55
120 Pcs 12 Colors Cash Envelope Budget System Savings Deposit Envelopes Budgeting Envelopes Cash Organizer Envelopes Wallet System Budget Finance Keeper Pay Expense Envelopes and 1 Hole Puncher • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99

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