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My goal is to inspire students to follow their dreams and overcome all stumbling blocks along the way. I am requesting two class sets of The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. The Alchemist is a story about a young shepherd who dreams about visiting the Egyptian pyramids. Santiago, the protagonist, decides to abandon the safe, well-traveled path of tending to sheep. He learns life lessons and overcomes difficulties along his journey. I believe this novel is relatable and teaches students to pursue their goals. Setting tough goals and chasing them is a cornerstone of a successful capitalist society. I believe this novel will help inspire students to become more financially literate.

These books are for more regular English 3 students. Getting lower-level students to read novels is always a challenge. I believe they will find this book interesting and inspiring. Being able to comprehend what you read and think critically are invaluable life skills. According to Fast Company, the average CEO reads approximately 60 books per year. The world’s best and brightest minds are idea sponges who learn as much as they can from a variety of sources.

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ACH- Financial Literacy 2018

School:
Lakewood High School 
Subject:
Language Arts 
Teacher:
Joseph Lippitt 
Students Impacted:
100 
Grade:
11 
Date:
August 31, 2018

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ACHIEVA - $996.00

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Goal

My goal is to inspire students to follow their dreams and overcome all stumbling blocks along the way. I am requesting two class sets of The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. The Alchemist is a story about a young shepherd who dreams about visiting the Egyptian pyramids. Santiago, the protagonist, decides to abandon the safe, well-traveled path of tending to sheep. He learns life lessons and overcomes difficulties along his journey. I believe this novel is relatable and teaches students to pursue their goals. Setting tough goals and chasing them is a cornerstone of a successful capitalist society. I believe this novel will help inspire students to become more financially literate.

These books are for more regular English 3 students. Getting lower-level students to read novels is always a challenge. I believe they will find this book interesting and inspiring. Being able to comprehend what you read and think critically are invaluable life skills. According to Fast Company, the average CEO reads approximately 60 books per year. The world’s best and brightest minds are idea sponges who learn as much as they can from a variety of sources. 

 

What will be done with my students

I would also like purchase additional books with this grant for my class’ library. The following books teach financial literacy: Rich Dad, Poor Dad for Teens and Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki, Beyond Wealth by Alexander Green, Richest Man in Babylon by George Clason, Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill and The Millionaire Next Door by Dr. Thomas Stanley.

The economy is changing at an unprecedented rate. Our old model of work hard in school, work a career for 30-35 years, and contribute to your 401K is no longer realistic. These books will help students thrive in our new idea-based economy. They also show real-world examples of how Americans became millionaires by investing wisely and not wasting money on extravagant purchases (how they commonly view millionaires). These books teach students how to own passive-income through assets instead of purchasing liabilities.

I would also like to purchase a few inspirational books that teach goal-setting and discipline, such as 12 Rules for Life by Dr. Jordan Peterson, Life is Not a Game of Perfect by Dr. Bob Rotella, and books by NAVY SEAL Commander Jocko Willink. Discipline is a requirement to be successful in life and financially. Most of my students do not learn about goal setting, steps to accomplish their goals, financial discipline, and saving. 

 

Benefits to my students

The benefits of these novels are two-fold. First, my students will learn about goal setting, following their dreams, and overcoming obstacles. Second, they will learn specific, practical skills that will prepare them for the new economy. I believe if I win this grant, my students will have a distinct advantage over their competitors in the new global workforce.

Students borrow books from me and excitedly tell me about the things they have learned. These lessons stay with them for life! I want to continue and expand this tradition. 

 

Describe the Students

Lakewood High School is very diverse racially and economically. More than 60 percent of the students are black. The vast majority of my students come from low-income homes. Ninety percent of Lakewood's students are on free or reduced lunch. Most do not have successful economic role models in their lives. This can be very discouraging. My intent is to not only teach students the necessary skills for success in life, but also to inspire them to truly believe they are capable of achieving success.

Sadly, many low-income students have been taught to disparage capitalism and America. I try to convince my students to buy in to the idea of capitalism and the American Dream. I show my students through hard work and good decision-making that they will be able to thrive in America. If I win this grant, I can show them specific examples of people who did not inherit a penny, but were able to become successful in our great country.  

 

Budget Narrative

Thank you so much for considering my request. Last year I was fortunate enough to have my request approved. I was able to give or lend life-changing books to my students. My students and I were very appreciative. It also provided a great real-life example of what great things can happen when you try for something. I taught my students that they could do the same for scholarships to college. Thanks, Achieva. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 62 copies of The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho $631.78
2 4 copies of 12 Rules for Life by Dr. Jordan B. Peterson $62.28
3 2 copies of Beyond Wealth by Alexander Green $29.62
4 8 copies of Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki $46.00
5 3 copies of Rich Dad Poor Dad for Teens by Robert Kiyosaki $38.10
6 3 copies of Richest Man in Babylon by George Clason $23.97
7 2 copies of Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill $29.20
8 2 copies of Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink $33.56
9 2 copies of Discipline Equals Freedom by Jocko Willink $27.94
10 3 copies of The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas Stanley $44.16
11 1 copy of Life is Not a Game of Perfect by Bob Rotella $15.47
12 1 Electric Pencil Sharperner $12.99
  Total: $995.07

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