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Mrs. Opp from Pierre SD is requesting materials related to Food, Clothing & Hygiene through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Learning to Save & Spend Responsibly

Help me give my students items to use in our classroom store in order for them to learn about saving and spending money.

  • $201 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

Students in my classroom come from fifteen different Native American tribes in South Dakota, North Dakota, and Nebraska. They live nine months of every year at school, with little to no contact with their families. They come from a variety of home lives but come to school with the hope of a brighter future. Many of my students have become accustomed to not having the newest resources or technology, but they still persevere.

Within a few months of being in my classroom, they learn that they can achieve things that many thought they never would.

They are reading harder books (sometimes even their first chapter book), doing harder math problems, and are able to do their own research on things that interest them.

My Project

Several years ago I began using a classroom economy to help students not only manage their behaviors but also to learn how to be responsible with money. Many of my students come from homes that live paycheck to paycheck so they haven't experienced or witnessed what it is like to save and spend money any other way. In our classroom economy students earn money for completing their classroom jobs, participating in class, and finishing their homework on time. In addition to earning money students have to pay fines when they break rules or need extra supplies such as pencils or erasers.

When the classroom store is open students are eager to purchase items, but sometimes find those really fun items are more expensive.

This teaches them how to save money and to continue to work hard so they can purchase it next time. The various items that I am requesting will be used as items in the store. This system has worked well to model learning financial responsibility for my students in a fun and meaningful way.

Mrs. Opp
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

Equity Focus

At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, 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.

This project will reach 25 students.

4 donors have given to this project.

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SCStyle Invisible Ink Pen 60Pcs Latest 2019 Spy Pen with UV Light Magic Marker Kid Pens for Secret Message and Birthday Party ,Writing Secret Message for Easter Day Halloween Christmas Party Bag Gift • Amazon Business $25.99 1 $25.99
Mini Takis Fuego (2 Pack) Barcel Mexican Version Mega Deal Popular Classic Snacks Spicy Lemon Corn Chip Sticks Double Bag Bulk Deal Fancy Appetizers grab varieties & red hot flavor picante limon Bimbo • Amazon Business $23.99 1 $23.99
Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks, Fruit by the Foot, Variety Snack Pack, 12 Rolls, 0.75 oz Each (Pack of 6) • Amazon Business $23.64 1 $23.64
Mini Clipboard, 6 x 9 Inches Small Hardboard Clipboard, Pack of 32 • Amazon Business $20.99 1 $20.99
Kicko Mini Noise Putty Toys for Kids - Pack of 48 Slimes - Ideal for Sensory and Tactile Stimulation, Event Prize, Arts and Crafts, Bag Stuffer, Slime Parties, Educational Game, Assorted Color • Amazon Business $14.49 1 $14.49
Fruit Gushers Variety Pack, Strawberry Splash & Tropical (42 ct.) A1 • Amazon Business $11.23 1 $11.23
Pop Secret Popcorn, Movie Theater Butter, 3 oz Microwave Bags, 30Count • Amazon Business $10.95 1 $10.95

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