How We Won $10k For Our Elementary School (And How You Can Too)

My name is Addy Ruby, and I’m a Technology Instructor at Larry Miller Intermediate School in New Concord, Ohio. As an educator, it’s important to see my students succeed in all aspects of life, particularly in areas that might not be at the forefront of elementary school curriculum. Unlike math, science, and English – aka the elementary school subject staples – financial literacy is not always a focal point in the classroom. That’s why we entered (and won!) the 2018 Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids Contest.

How’d We Do It? 

All you need to do is vote for your school every day until December 12th AND voting takes less than a minute! Here’s a BIG TIP –it’s a community effort to get to the top. Spread the word to parents, teachers and community members. You can post on your school’s social media, bulletin boards, send home a flyer with students – use all your channels to make sure everyone is working together to win!

Let’s Talk Prizing!? 

Thanks to the generosity of Jackson Charitable FoundationCha-Ching awards the winning school a $10,000 grant to put toward financial literacy plus $1,000 to donate to charity. $10,000 is a LOT of money, so our school thought long and hard about what resources we could purchase to improve our student’s financial literacy skills. We ultimately used the funds to buy laptops for our classrooms, in part because digital education tools are incredibly effective in the classroom, and also because we wanted our students to be inspired, challenged, and engaged by using videos, interactive modules, online games, etc.—all with the goal of making financial literacy learning fun and exciting. Our students elected to donate the $1,000 check to the Humane Society of Guernsey County, which takes care of many animals who are up for adoption because their families didn’t have the financial means to take care of them at home, which served as another great tie-in for the Cha-Ching’s core pillars of earn, save, spend, and donate.

Start Entering Today (and Every Day)! 

The 2019 Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids Contest is open now until December 12th! This means that you, other educators, and community members at your school have the same opportunity as I did to start your students on the pathway to financial success! This is just one easy step toward improving your students’ futures—and trust me, they’ll thank you for it. 

PS: Looking for more ways to teach K-6 students the building blocks of finance? Don’t miss NEW classroom and family activities from Cha-Ching!