Feb 17, 2014 8:37 PM by Matt Jones
GREAT FALLS- Balancing a checkbook, investing wisely, and keeping a budget are important life skills being taught to one senior class in Fairfield.
Unfortunately, a lack of supplies has been making it difficult for these students to get the most out of their learning experience.
Now, with the help of this week's One Class At A Time grant, these needed supplies can be purchased and the students will have a successful end to their senior year.
Fairfield teacher Cindy Artist was presented the $250 check by First Interstate Bank employee Brian Skogen.
With the money, she plans on purchasing new calculators for her Senior Life Skills class.
Upon receiving the award Cindy said, "They'll be using the calculators to add up their check books, keep track of that for a month or so and they'll also use it then to balance their check book to their bank statement...."
As part of this important class, students are also being taught how to make a budget and figure interest for loans and interest on investments.
Next semester, students will go on to the Culinary Arts class where they will continue to learn valuable life skills.
Cindy said, "In Culinary, in my other class, we'll be talking about food cost. They'll have to figure out how much a meal cost and figure out portions.."
Both teacher and student agree that the lessons being taught in this class are vital in helping them prepare for life in the real world.
Student Dalton Feeler said, "Other classes, they don't teach you how to balance your check book and stuff like that but this will teach you how to actually live the real life..."
Cindy finished by saying, "A lot of people don't learn it at home, you know, some of my students don't have savings accounts, they don't have checking accounts. It's just important for them to learn that so when they are on their own, they have the skills that they need to start doing those things and the confidence to do those things..."