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

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 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 This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission.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 on social media.

Posted on 2/2/14
1 DOW 18,024.06
+183.54 (1.03%)    
2 S&P 2,108.29
+22.78 (1.09%)    
3 NASDAQ 5,005.39
+63.97 (1.29%)    

Most Read This Week

April 24, 2015 4718

UPDATE: Police Can't Substantiate Injured Man…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
April 28, 2015 4026

Search for Stolen Vehicle Ends with Woman Charged…

by SurfKY News
April 27, 2015 3383

Online Petition Seeking Re­opening of Shanice…

by Samantha Carver, SurfKY News
April 28, 2015 3228

Man Charged with Stalking Smoke Shop Clerk

by MPD
April 27, 2015 2764

Hopkins County Drug War ― Are We Winning?

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

April 17, 2015 15180

An Open Letter from an Addict

by Olivia Kirks
April 02, 2015 9123

UPDATE: Madisonville Man Injured in Head-on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

May 01, 2015 1445

Middle, High Schools Talent Performances Include…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
April 30, 2015 1401

Friends, Co-workers Gather to Bid Fond Farewell…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
May 01, 2015 1001

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - May 1, 2015

by SurfKY News
May 01, 2015 965

Car Crash near MNHHS Results in DUI Charges

by SurfKY News
May 01, 2015 907

Hopkins District Court Fines Handed Down

by Circuit Clerk Karen McKnight
May 01, 2015 899

Fire Service Changing in Hopkins County

by Ron Sanders
May 02, 2015 875

Frymire’s Life Accomplishments, Dedication to MCC…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 01, 2015 774

School Board Studies Further Spending Cuts

by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
May 01, 2015 763

Hopkins County Sheriff's Reports Released

by SurfKY News
May 01, 2015 736

Above and Beyond: Leighann Stroud

by Gary Gates, SurfKY News