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Member Mention: AAE Awards Grant for Financial Literacy
posted by: Melissa | January 30, 2013, 07:30 PM   


Lisa Bender, a marketing teacher at Southern Garrett High School, had an idea to collaborate with Angie Meyer’s sixth grade Language Arts class.  The two teachers designed a project to expose the students to entrepreneurial concepts and to teach economic and financial literacy principals as well, using the novel Lawn Boy by Gary Paulsen.  The project was student-centered and made heavy use of technology, but it also cost funds that the two teachers did not have.



After some research, Lisa applied for and was granted an Association of American Educators Foundation Classroom Grant in March of 2012.  Through this grant she was able to purchase enough materials to fund the project for two school years.


With the materials paid for, high school students and 6th grade students were able to learn about important topics such as budgeting, supply and demand, and investing.  The older students crafted lessons for the younger students using several Web 2.0 tools such as Prezi, Animoto, Flipsnack, and Educreations, along with creating t-shirts for the participants.  The project interested not only the students, but also other educators and is now being recommended for Language Arts classes across the district.




When asked about her experience with the grant, Ms. Bender said, “Your grant opportunity is extremely valuable to teachers on the front lines who have exhausted their budgets yet want to pursue unique and engaging activities for their classrooms.  Please continue to offer these types of grants for educators who want to ‘make a difference’ and explore different projects that might not otherwise be funded.”


Association of American Educators Foundation Classroom Grants and Teacher Scholarships are awarded twice yearly.  The next deadline is March 1st so apply today!

As education funding across the nation is cut, the demand for our grant program has increased and we must often make difficult decisions about which projects we can fund. Our foundation grants are made possible by the generosity of people across the country who donate to the Association of American Educators Foundation.  Please consider donating and helping more teachers like Lisa Bender.
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