Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Clay Hill Teacher Wins Education Award

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Clay Hill Teacher Wins Education Award

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With the help of teacher Evelyn Chastain, students at Clay Hill Elementary School learned to invest in the stock market this year. She got a state award and they became millionaires -- on paper, anyway.

For her efforts teaching the Florida Stock Market Game curriculum, Chastain received a distinguished achievement award this month as the guest of the Florida Council on Economic Education meeting at Walt Disney World.

In addition to the all-expense-paid trip to Orlando, Chastain received $500 and a laptop computer.

Chastain, who has been teaching at Clay Hill for two years, said she became interested in the Florida Stock Market Game as a way to incorporate some of the Sunshine State Standards -- the state's educational standards -- into the classroom environment. The game, she said, provides math skills, a touch of economics and extensive reading "in a real-world setting."

So she brought the game into the classroom, using it with her fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students.

Teams of students were given $100,000 -- on paper -- to invest. The students invested in companies that were familiar to them, such as Pepsi, Microsoft and Winn-Dixie.

During the 10-week program, the students followed the stock market in The Florida Times-Union. They read literature that offered tips about investing in the market, visited Winn-Dixie's corporate headquarters and used special software to track the market, financed by a grant Chastain received from the Clay County Education Foundation for the project. …

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