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Mrs. Hennessey from San Jose CA is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

What's on the Menu: Financial Literacy!

Help me give my students a restaurant experience to teach them about financial literacy.

  • $167 goal

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My Students

Students in my classroom are eager to learn, passionate, and hard-working. They are an extension of my family. They inspire me every single day. I want to encourage them to try their best, learn from their mistakes and start to see their full potential.

Class transformations are a great way to engage students in learning; I'd love to transform my classroom into a restaurant to help students learn about the importance of managing money.

What better way to help students understand the idea of a budget, taxes, and paying bills, than to take them to a "Decimal Diner" to help them learn a real world application of money management.

My Project

My students love when I can transform the classroom into something special. I know that decorating the room does more than make it look different, it gives my students a unique and engaging learning experience they are sure to remember.

Transforming our classroom into a restaurant is the perfect opportunity to teach my students the basics of financial literacy and money management.

In our "Decimal Diner", students will be given a hands-on experience that would allow them to calculate total cost, stay within budget, add tax, and determine the most cost effective options for their family to eat out.

Using the table cloths, candles, and aprons, I can set up our classroom to look like a real restaurant. Students can have menus from local places and they will be given a budget that they must stay within. They will have to make choices about what to eat (and not to eat) in order to make sure they have enough money to pay the bill. The guest checks and holders will allow them to calculate the total cost of their bill, add tax, and determine how much change they will receive.

As an extra extension, students can calculate how long they would need to save their earnings from chores in order to have enough money to cover the cost of their meal. This gives students al lesson on money management, the importance of saving, and cost effectiveness. It also gives them real word application of math that will keep them engaged.

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5 donors5 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 32 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Guest Check Card Holder - Presenter with Gold Thank You Imprint - 5.5" x 10" (Standard, Black_20_Pack, 20) • Amazon Business $27.95 1 $27.95
Pack of 6 Plastic Red and White Checkered Tablecloths - 6 Pack - Picnic Table Covers by Oojami • Amazon Business $10.99 2 $21.98
Candle Choice Set of 24 Premium Flameless Votive Candles, Battery-operated, LED Candles, Long Battery Life 120+ Hours, Battery Included. • Amazon Business $19.98 1 $19.98
Adams SA540A Guest Check With Stub ( 50 Checks Per Pad) • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
ROTANET Poly Cotton Waist Apron-Kitchen Cooking Restaurant Bistro Craft Garden Half Aprons with 3 Pockets for Men, Women, Chef, Baker, Servers, Waitress, Waiter, Craftsmen (Black) • Amazon Business $6.99 2 $13.98

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