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Ms. Sarja from North Haven CT is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Financial Literacy through Kreisler's Dollars and Sense

My students need copies of Dollars and Sense, an inspiring, easily accessible book about the opportunity cost of not being financially literate.

  • $1,906 goal

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My Students

Some days for my kids are rough. Many come from unstable settings at home, without food security, without their basic needs met. It's a daily struggle to convince them that dreaming for better days is worth the trouble. But still, they write, they create, they show up.


Passionate. Trauma-stricken. Frustrated.

My students are brave and capable of great accomplishment, but they are often stymied by their lack of exposure to the breadth of experiences that builds essential life skills. Financial literacy is a huge need.

My Project

Understanding how the brain affects the way we look at money is a lesson we often don't understand ourselves. So, how can we teach our kids to understand the opportunity costs of unwise spending? Well, it helps to have a bit of humor at hand.

Comedian Jeff Kreisler, coauthor of Dollars and Sense, has graciously agreed to come speak with our juniors and seniors about setting themselves up for sound financial decision-making.

I am seeking to have a copy of Jeff's book for each student to take home. This is an amazing opportunity to empower our kids, to get their thinking straight about spending, and to have some fun as they challenge their own ideas of the value of money.

Ms. Sarja
Grades 9-12
  • Cortland VR Creed School PERMANENTLY CLOSED
  • North Haven, CT
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 100 students.

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Dollars and Sense: How We Misthink Money and How to Spend Smarter • Amazon Business $15.66 80 $1,252.80
Dollars and Sense: How We Misthink Money and How to Spend Smarter • Amazon Business $15.66 20 $313.20

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