What if all 3rd graders knew how to save more than they spend and how to resist impulse buying? What if they truly had the skills to be smart money managers? The 3rd grade classroom economy is designed to mimic real-world economic activity. Students earn salaries for classroom jobs, produce goods they sell in a grade-wide market, rent or purchase their desks, and even pay taxes. The students also create small businesses in order to give back to our community through their "Cougars Care for a Cause" Market. A class auction in which students are able to reap the benefits of having saved their money throughout the year is also part of the fun.
Cougar Savings Club
Created in 1993, The Cougar Savings Club is a unique program offered to Lower School students to introduce the basic principals of banking and saving money. The bank is run by students for students. Students learn the concept of money: its use, its buying power, and its conservation. Younger students will learn by experience and eventually become bank 'employees.' Fourth grade students serve as tellers, bookkeepers and security officers at the bank.