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Update: Financial Literacy Challenge Gaining Momentum

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Thank you to everyone who has chosen to support the Financial Literacy Challenge at DonorsChoose. Since my first post on Monday about raising funds for teachers who intend to bring money management and entrepreneurship lessons to the classroom, several projects have been completely funded by bloggers and readers.

Our challenge has climbed to fifth place on the leaderboard for the higheset amount donated, with $1,605 contributed so far. The goal for the Financial Literacy Challenge has been increased to $2,000.

If you believe that children should learn more about personal finance in school, this is your perfect chance to make that happen. Here are some of the latest projects that have been chosen for the Financial Literacy Challenge.

Touch Money From The Heart. I am a High School Special Education-Life Skills Teacher in a school that is approximately 37% low income. The students that I teach are between 14 and 22 years of age and have multiple mental and physical disabilities…

I am requesting the TouchMoney Kits to aid me in teaching my students to count coins… I am trying to prepare my students for further independence in the real world. They need to be able to go to the grocery store and buy their groceries for the week. They need to be able to pay their bills, however minimal that might be. Right now most of my students would not be able to do this.

Funny Money Auction Math. I teach 4th grade at a mid-sized school where the children are placed in homeroom math classes randomly rather than by ability… I want to build a strong community of mathematical thinkers and reasoners. Auction Math will go a long way towards helping children not only love math, but also become life long learners in the area of money management, building a savings, and investing wisely…

Children will complete challenging math activities and play high level math games that will correspond to the content being presented through the regular math curriculum. Each time a child wins a game or completes an activity, he will earn funny money to put in his account in the Funny Money Auction Bank… Once a week I will hold a classroom auction where students will have a chance to invest their savings in something that interests them. Auction items will range in value from small school supplies to coupons for items at local restaurants…

There are more projects included in the challenge, and you can find out about them and donate here before the challenge ends on October 31. Thanks again to everyone who has donated so far.

HC from One Big Mortar Board, who organized the challenge, is sweetening the pot for those who have donated by offering a raffle. Also, see One Big Mortar Board for more information about the projects that are included in the challenge.

Updated June 23, 2016 and originally published October 12, 2007.

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Luke Landes is the founder of Consumerism Commentary. He has been blogging and writing for the internet since 1995 and has been building online communities since 1991. Find out more about Luke Landes and follow him on Twitter. View all articles by .

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I think this is a wonderful idea. It shows the generousity of people.

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