Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Webster

WLES Teaching Budgeting, Financial Literacy

dcps1 300DAVIESS COUNTY, Ky. (4/28/14) - Third grade students are participating in an ongoing, interactive and educational economics program at West Louisville Elementary School.

Teachers Cyndy Garrett, Johnna Gray and Brittany Greenwalt have developed a system that teaches budgeting and financial responsibility to students, with an introduction to “real life” scenarios.

Students are “paid” $100 each week for attendance and completing classroom jobs. Students have the opportunity to apply for various assignments and are selected on the basis of qualifications and demonstrated work ethic. Students can also earn extra money by participating in class and demonstrating higher order thinking skills.

If students neglect homework or have behavior issues, they are assessed fines.

At the end of each month, the students “cash in” their weekly checks. They pay $120 each month for “rent” and can spend the balance in a classroom store, which offers such items as QR codes for lunch with a favorite teacher, extra computer time, a homework pass, hat-wearing privileges and other fun activities; or items such as toys, books and school supplies. Students could also save up their money for a year end trip to the movies.

“As we reflect on this program, we feel it has been beneficial for the students,” said teacher Brittany Greenwalt. “Students have learned about saving and spending money wisely, about wants and needs, and being responsible. Students now have insight into how checking and banking works.”

Media partners

The next “shopping day” will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 30. You are invited to visit WLES at 8400 Kentucky 56 to interview teachers and students and see the “West Louisville economy” in action. Contact information is below:

For more information, contact DCPS Public Information Officer Lora Wimsatt (270) 852-7000 ext. 215 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

SurfKY News
Information provided by Daviess County Public Schools

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

In Other News...

Portion of Locust Street Closed Starting Tuesday for Repair

OWENSBORO, Ky. (9/30/14) — The City of Owensboro will close the northwest lane of 1121 Locust Street for repair from… Read More

UPDATE - Juvenile Pedestrian Injured at McCulloch Ave Accident

OWENSBORO, Ky. (9/30/14) — The Owensboro Police Department is releasing the names of the drivers involved in this… Read More

Most Read This Week (Site-Wide)

September 27, 2014 3897

Hopkins County Grand Jury Misdemeanor Indictments

in News by Karen McKnight
September 29, 2014 3531

Endless Road Strings Bring Orchestra Mix to…

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
September 27, 2014 2846

Sinister on Center Takes Haunted Manor to Whole…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
September 29, 2014 2388

One Injured in Single-Vehicle Collision on…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
September 29, 2014 2345

Man, Woman Charged with Violating EPO Against…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
September 28, 2014 2274

Community Shows Support to Muhlenberg Humane…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
September 29, 2014 2060

Man Charged with PI, Drugs, After Allegedly…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
September 28, 2014 2036

Marching Mustangs Take Third in Ohio Competition

in Top Stories by Information provided by Shawna Hendrix
September 27, 2014 1697

Hopkins/Webster Counties Native, Paducah Writer…

in Top Stories by Amber Averitt, SurfKY News
September 27, 2014 1690

Happenings and Meetings - Hopkins County

in News by Amber Averitt, SurfKY News
September 29, 2014 1549

Man Arrested for DUI, Marijuana Possession

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department

Most Read Stories from Hopkins County

September 29, 2014 2388

One Injured in Single-Vehicle Collision…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
September 29, 2014 2345

Man, Woman Charged with Violating EPO…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
September 29, 2014 2060

Man Charged with PI, Drugs, After…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
September 29, 2014 1549

Man Arrested for DUI, Marijuana Possession

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
September 28, 2014 1398

Angel Garden Dedicated at Baptist…

in Top Stories by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News

Most Read Stories from Muhlenberg County

September 29, 2014 3531

Endless Road Strings Bring Orchestra Mix…

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
September 28, 2014 2274

Community Shows Support to Muhlenberg…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
September 28, 2014 2036

Marching Mustangs Take Third in Ohio…

in Top Stories by Information provided by Shawna Hendrix
September 29, 2014 1318

Fourteen Year Old Parker Hastings Wins…

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
September 29, 2014 1303

One Injured in Two-Vehicle Collision

in Top Stories by Trooper Stu Recke

SurfKY News Group, Inc. Central Office & Printing Division
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431  •  270.452.2249 (fax)
Main Number: 270.452.2727 (phone)  •  Printing Division Direct Line: 270.821.8600 (phone)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social 03social 04social 22social 21social 06