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I want to create a safe, engaging and educational environment where the students in my classroom want to come and learn. I teach children with special needs in grades K-5 on a Native American Indian Reservation. One hundred percent of the student population receives free breakfast and lunch. They come to school eager to learn despite living in extreme poverty. I may not be able to control their home lives, however, I can certainly provide positive experiences during the school day.
Over the last few years, I have been teaching financial skills to my students. I have a system where the students earn money everyday by doing their assignments and other expectations during the time they are in my class. They have little notebooks where they log their money activities, such as income and expenditures. Every Friday, they are able to spend at our class store or choose to save. My students are learning skills such as counting coins, calculating change, and saving for higher priced items. When I first started this program, students wanted to spend every cent they had every week. Now the majority of them are saving. It’s great to see their progress. I’m asking for support to help me continue this program with more items to fill my store. Having high interest items in the store will help my students be more willing to earn and save money. They helped me decide what items to pick for this project.