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Calvin Hunsinger is a “center” school for students with Special Education Services, who experience severe emotional and behavioral issues. Our goal is to have a School Store where students learn money management by "earning" points based on their behavior, work completion and on task learning. Then they are able to "spend" or "save" their "money" (points) at the Store. Students will learn how to spend wisely, save and budget their money so they can make solid "financial" decisions for things that they want. Our students will record their daily “points” which translate to a banking sheet. This will ensure accurate spending and savings to allow desirable purchases in both the short term and long term. If their records are not up to date, they will not be allowed to shop at the Store. This will allow students to manage their money (points) based on their current financial situation. I believe that these skills will generalize to the real world when students begin their own financial lives. My hope is that this opportunity to manage their Store points will provide them with a model of how to make responsible decisions that will positively impact their financial futures.

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Encouraging Positive Behavior at Calvin

School:
Calvin A. Hunsinger 
Subject:
Special Needs Students 
Teacher:
Emily Brochu 
Students Impacted:
75 
Grade:
K-12 
Date:
September 1, 2021

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Only $1,000.00 Needed

 

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Goal

Calvin Hunsinger is a “center” school for students with Special Education Services, who experience severe emotional and behavioral issues. Our goal is to have a School Store where students learn money management by "earning" points based on their behavior, work completion and on task learning. Then they are able to "spend" or "save" their "money" (points) at the Store. Students will learn how to spend wisely, save and budget their money so they can make solid "financial" decisions for things that they want. Our students will record their daily “points” which translate to a banking sheet. This will ensure accurate spending and savings to allow desirable purchases in both the short term and long term. If their records are not up to date, they will not be allowed to shop at the Store. This will allow students to manage their money (points) based on their current financial situation. I believe that these skills will generalize to the real world when students begin their own financial lives. My hope is that this opportunity to manage their Store points will provide them with a model of how to make responsible decisions that will positively impact their financial futures. 

 

What will be done with my students

Our students at Calvin Hunsinger earn up to 100 points a day by completing classwork, on-task learning, following directions, and meeting individualized target behavior goals. Points are recorded so that students always know what "money" they have available to spend. Once points are earned, students cannot lose them (for example, if a student is unavailable during the Store time, the points are saved until the next week). Every Friday, students have the opportunity to "shop" at the Store. Items range in price with less "expensive" things such as school supplies or more "expensive" items such as headphones, art supplies or sports equipment. Students complete a Reinforcer Survey which identifies the items they are interested in buying. Students may buy something each week or may save their points to buy something more expensive. The store will also have a "credit" option available to certain students based on their "credit history" (do they routinely earn points each week, have they handled previous credit responsibly) where they may buy something that is time sensitive; i.e. a birthday present for their mother or holiday gift for a sibling. They get the item that day but must pay back what they owe before they can buy anything else in the future. Additionally, all students will be responsible for recording their points each day and if the data is not current, the student cannot shop. All information will be kept in a running record of points earned, saved and spent, as well as any money owed by the student as well as myself. 

 

Benefits to my students

The fundamental benefit will be an understanding of basic finances and the ability to better manage themselves financially in the future. It is hoped that by mastering these skills, including documenting and recording what they “earn” and their "expenses", the skills will generalize to their real lives and allow them to become financially responsible adults. Additionally, students will be able to better plan, budget and determine if they want to buy something today or save up for a more expensive item. As adults, students will have to make decisions like this frequently, so practicing now with points (as opposed to money) will hopefully prepare them to be more financially savvy. A secondary benefit is the motivation that the School Store provides; encouraging students to display more appropriate behavior, increasing time spent engaged in learning and resulting in students being more successful in school. 

 

Describe the Students

All students receive special education services. Many of them are economically disadvantaged, demonstrate low academic performance, experience behavioral difficulties and mental health issues, and a significant number live in single parent families or with other guardians (i.e. grandparents, group homes). Calvin Hunsinger School receives Universal Free Lunch for all students and is a Title One school. 

 

Budget Narrative

Since this is a financial grant, items will be purchased on sale, if possible, using coupons, codes and other discounts to get the best value for our money! 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Headphones $200.00
2 Toys and Games $200.00
3 Art Supplies $200.00
4 Books $200.00
5 Sporting Equipment $200.00
  Total: $1,000.00

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Only $1,000.00 Needed

 

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