Learning money skills at the Shack
Sheckler Elementary School students get a unique opportunity to learn about business and get firsthand experience working with money.
Sheckler Shack is the school’s version of a school store. According to second-grade teacher and one of the Sheckler Shack coordinators, Jami Gallo, they set up the little store four times a year and sell school supplies, such as pencils, folders, erasers, scissors, glue sticks, pencil boxes and crayons, at an inexpensive price.
Gallo said they choose a different team of fourth-graders each day to work at the table and set up their store for the different grade levels. Each grade gets its own day. Recently, the store ran Jan. 30-Feb. 2.
The fourth-graders work as the sales people, handling the order forms and money, and help the younger students make their purchases.
“They work on their money skills, and the younger ones can work on interacting,” Gallo said.
Teachers are also encouraged to give input as to what supplies may be needed, so Gallo can be sure to offer them at future events. According to Gallo, earbud headphones will be sold at the next Sheckler Shack in September following a recommendation from other teachers. The students use the headphones with their iPads.