Great Ideas: Numbers Alive

Build money-saving skills while helping others.

From the TCT archives: Middle-schoolers can practice life skills and help local charities.

Our eighth-graders were given the unique opportunity/challenge of taking an anonymous monetary donation and “stretching” it to double the dollar value by using coupons and taking advantage of sales.

They were able to purchase new items for a local charity that cares for children whose caregivers are in crisis.

Keeping receipts, students graphed their savings and wrote reflective essays describing the experience. An all-school assembly at which exhibits were viewed and reflections heard climaxed the event.

~ Submitted by Karen Cocita and Michelle McLaughlin  (at time of original publication, St. Mark School, Cleveland, Ohio)

This great idea was originally published in our April/May 2011 issue.

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