Two projects by local teachers were honored in the Virginia Council on Economic Education’s 2012 award competition. The winning teachers were Dawn Flora and Ann Komara of Ottobine Elementary School and Barbara Palmer of Montevideo Middle School.
Third place in a new state competition that combines grades K-12 went to the Flora-Komara project, “Hitting a Grand Slam with Eagle Bucks.” In this project, a classroom currency called “Eagle Bucks” and the game of softball motivated lessons teaching first graders about basic economics.
Fourth place in the new competition went to Palmer’s “Green Island: Living Well for the Good of the Earth and Your Pocketbook.” This environmental economics unit centered on sixth grade students producing a marketable product from recycled material while learning about environmental choices and costs.
Economic education locally is supported by Shenandoah Valley Economic Education Inc., a nonprofit organization that combines business and school contributions to fund the field work of the James Madison University Center for Economic Education.