HSFPP Stories of Impact

Student Helps Family Navigate Through Furlough

HSFPP Stories of Impact

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by Sheyvette Dinkens, Business Teacher, Kansas City, Kan.

I am a business teacher in an urban high school. Our poverty rate out our school is over 90%. My goal, as an educator, is to empower my students with knowledge and to teach them ways to manage and invest their money—no matter what their economic level is.

Money Habits (HSFPP lesson 1-1) was an eye-opening experience for the students. We expanded on the “My Disappearing Dollar” activity by monitoring spending for an entire month. Students were surprised to see how much money they really had.

During this time, one of my student’s parents were furloughed due to the government shutdown. She came to school and reported that her mother was worried because she had no savings and was not sure how they were going to make it due to the unexpected situation. The student went home and shared the curriculum with her mother and educated her on what she had learned at school. And how they could manage the family’s money better, along with saving 10% of her allowance.