Local Teachers Recognized For Economic Education

Posted: October 10, 2012

HARRISONBURG — Economic education projects at six area schools were named winners of this year’s Economic Education Awards.


The awards, given annually by Shenandoah Valley Economic Education Inc., recognize teachers who create special units geared toward learning about economics.


The program is sponsored by the Harrisonburg Rotary Club and the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with James Madison University’s Center for Economic Education.


The following teachers were recognized Monday for their class projects:


— Barbara Palmer of Montevideo Middle School was named the grand prize winner for her unit, “Green Island: Living Well for the Good of the Earth and Your Pocketbook.” Geared toward sixth-grade science students, the project asked kids to create a marketable product from recycled materials. Palmer was awarded $1,000.


— Dawn Flora and Ann Komara, both from Ottobine Elementary School, claimed first place in the kindergarten through second grade category for a unit called “Hitting a Grand Slam with Eagle Bucks.” Classroom currency and softball were used to teach first-grade students about basic economics.


— Jennie Carr, a former Elkton Elementary School teacher, developed a unit to teach entrepreneurship and business management. The project, “Save the Bellinis’ Newsstand,” claimed the top prize for the third through fifth grade division.


— Allen Ruliffson, a civics teacher at J. Frank Hillyard Middle School, won first place in the middle school division. He taught his students about smart decision-making in the unit “Adventures in Grocery Shopping.”


— Bonnie Berry, who retired from Ottobine Elementary School in June, won second place in the kindergarten through second grade division for “Opportunity Cost,” a unit that taught kindergartners about choice and decision-making, partially through a visit to the Shenandoah Valley Produce Auction.


— Jennifer Wright of Waterman Elementary School, created a unit called “Applesauce: From Seeds to Sauce” that came in second in the third through fifth grade division. The unit, which included an applesauce making activity, taught special education students in kindergarten through fourth grade about production and nutrition.


— Cathy Glick of Wilbur Pence Middle School created “To Sell or Not to Sell: Where Did We Go Wrong?” to teach economics students about supply and demand. The unit, which prepared students for a stock market simulation activity, came in second in the middle school division.


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