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To begin, I would first like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone at Achieva. Your continued support has introduced my students to life-changing concepts that they may have never learned otherwise.

My goal is to inspire students to follow their dreams and overcome all stumbling blocks along the way. I am requesting a class set of Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt. Angela’s Ashes is a true account of Frank McCourt’s childhood in Ireland during the Great Depression. His family had to endure heart-wrenching setbacks including poverty, a father’s alcoholism, and the deaths of young children (the author’s siblings). The family’s patriarch would spend his paychecks buying pints even though it left his family penniless and starving. This memoir will teach students the importance of saving money and avoiding family-ruining mistakes like McCourt’s father made. I also believe it will give them perspective on the true poverty that was commonplace only a couple of generations ago. One particular scene that stands out to me is how Frank and most of his schoolmates were so poor that they could not afford shoes. They would have to walk to school barefoot in Irish winters.

Despite his brutal childhood, Frank McCourt eventually returned to America and became a teacher and author. I believe my students will learn vital life lessons about overcoming personal difficulties from this memoir. I believe this novel is relatable and teaches students to pursue their goals. Setting tough goals and chasing them with discipline is a cornerstone of a successful capitalist society. I believe this novel will help inspire students to become more financially literate.

I believe students of all ability levels will find Mr. McCourt’s story impactful. Getting students from low-socioeconomic backgrounds to read novels is always a challenge. I believe they will find this book interesting and inspiring because the poverty and challenges McCourt’s family endured may be relatable to them. Sadly, several students have also lost siblings.

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- Lakewood High School Financial Literature

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School:
Lakewood High School 
Subject:
Language Arts 
Teacher:
Joseph Lippitt 
Students Impacted:
100 
Grade:
9-12 
Date:
August 7, 2019

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Achieva Credit Union - $992.08

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Impact to My Classroom

# of Students Impacted: 100

Thank you so much for your continued support, Achieva Bank and Pinellas Education Foundation.

 

On the first day of the school year, a student raised his hand and asked, "When are we going to learn about money?"

I responded by saying, "That's a great question." Then I got a copy of Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki off my bookshelf. I told him that the author of this book asked his teachers this every year of his education, and he never received a satisfactory answer.

This student, who was never engaged with the assigned canon, was eager to read that book and others I have purchased with the Financial Literacy grants.

 

This is just one example of how you have truly changed the lives of Lakewood students. Growing up on the southside of Saint Petersburg, many young men and women do not have successful financial role models. These teens still have the farsightedness to realize that knowing how to manage and invest money is an extremely important life skill. Without this grant, these students would be released into the real world without the basic financial knowledge needed.

 

Many students will start by reading one of the books purchased with the grant, such as The Millionaire Next Door by Dr. Thomas Stanley or Discipline Equals Freedom by Jocko Willink. This will inspire them to read more on the subject or to seek out podcasts and to start writing down the concepts learned. Then it will encourage them to set their own goals and work towards them.

 

Thank you once again, sincerely. You have made an immense impact on many young people’s lives at Lakewood High School.

 

-Joseph Lippitt

 

 

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Original Grant Overview

Goal

To begin, I would first like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone at Achieva. Your continued support has introduced my students to life-changing concepts that they may have never learned otherwise.

My goal is to inspire students to follow their dreams and overcome all stumbling blocks along the way. I am requesting a class set of Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt. Angela’s Ashes is a true account of Frank McCourt’s childhood in Ireland during the Great Depression. His family had to endure heart-wrenching setbacks including poverty, a father’s alcoholism, and the deaths of young children (the author’s siblings). The family’s patriarch would spend his paychecks buying pints even though it left his family penniless and starving. This memoir will teach students the importance of saving money and avoiding family-ruining mistakes like McCourt’s father made. I also believe it will give them perspective on the true poverty that was commonplace only a couple of generations ago. One particular scene that stands out to me is how Frank and most of his schoolmates were so poor that they could not afford shoes. They would have to walk to school barefoot in Irish winters.

Despite his brutal childhood, Frank McCourt eventually returned to America and became a teacher and author. I believe my students will learn vital life lessons about overcoming personal difficulties from this memoir. I believe this novel is relatable and teaches students to pursue their goals. Setting tough goals and chasing them with discipline is a cornerstone of a successful capitalist society. I believe this novel will help inspire students to become more financially literate.

I believe students of all ability levels will find Mr. McCourt’s story impactful. Getting students from low-socioeconomic backgrounds to read novels is always a challenge. I believe they will find this book interesting and inspiring because the poverty and challenges McCourt’s family endured may be relatable to them. Sadly, several students have also lost siblings.

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 classroom library. I am requesting the following books teach financial literacy: Rich Dad, Poor Dad and Cash Flow Quadrant by Robert Kiyosaki, The Millionaire Next Door and Millionaire Women Next Door by Dr. Thomas Stanley, and The Next Millionaire Next Door by Dr. Thomas Stanley and his daughter Dr. Sarah Fallow.

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 for many. 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 (a common misconception). These books teach students how to own passive-income through assets instead of purchasing liabilities.

Multiple students have also asked me about real estate investing. According to Andrew Carnegie, 90% of millionaires do so through real estate investing. Some of my book requests are about rental property investing. They are The Real Book of Real Estate by Robert Kiyosaki, Long Distance Real Estate Investing and Buy, Rehab, Rent, Refinance, Repeat by David Greene and The Book on Rental Property Investment, How to Invest in Real Estate, and Investing in Real Estate with No (or Low) Money Down by Brandon Turner.

I would also like to purchase a few inspirational books that teach goal setting, discipline, and overcoming adversity. Discipline and stick-to-itiveness are requirements to be successful in life and personal finance. Most of my students do not learn about goal setting, steps to accomplish their goals, financial discipline, and saving. The books I best believe will teach these life skills are Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom, What Doesn’t Kill Us by Scott Carney, and Discipline Equals Freedom by NAVY SEAL Commander Jocko Willink. 

 

Benefits to my students

The benefits of these novels are two-fold. First, my students will learn about goal setting, following your dreams, and overcoming obstacles. Second, they will learn specific, practical skills that will prepare them for the new economy. The information found in these books have helped me immensely. I just wish I knew about these ideas when I was my students’ age. The earlier people can get on the right path, the better.

One true honor of being a schoolteacher is introducing students to great literature—to get students to read books with wisdom that they can apply to real life. During my tenure in education, many students routinely borrowed books from my classroom library and excitedly told me about the things they learned. I want to continue and expand this tradition. These books will help students become lifelong learners. 

 

Describe the Students

Lakewood High School is very diverse racially and economically. More than 60 percent of the students are black. The majority of my students come from low-income homes. Many of Lakewood's students are on free or reduced lunch. Most do not have successful economic role models in their lives. Unfortunately, this can create a mindset of thinking the deck is stacked against them or that it’s impossible to win. 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.

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 immensely 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 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. Thank you again for everything, Achieva. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt (36) $356.04
2 The Millionaire Next Door by Dr. Thomas Stanley (7) $83.72
3 The Next Millionaire Next Door by Dr. Stanley and Dr. Farrow (3) $57.15
4 Millionaire Women Next Door by Dr. Thomas Stanley (2) $27.98
5 Rich Dad's Cash Flow Quadrant by Robert Kiyosaki (2) $22.14
6 The Real Book of Real Estate by Robert Kiyosaki (2) $35.92
7 Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki (4) $35.96
8 Long Distance Real Estate Investing by David Greene (2) $32.74
9 Buy, Rehab, Rent, Refinance, Repeat by David Greene (2) $32.74
10 The Book on Rental Property Investment by Brandon Turner (3) $62.49
11 How to Invest in Real Estate by Brandon Turner (3) $45.99
12 Investing in Real Estate with No (and Low) Money Down by Brandon Turner (3) $29.77
13 Discipline Equals Freedom by Jocko Willink (5) $68.60
14 Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom (6) $58.56
15 What Doesn't Kill Us by Scott Carney (4) $42.28
  Total: $992.08

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