Third grade students at Ruskin recently enjoyed learning the basics of budgeting and accounting with Mrs. Kimberly Rodgers, Accounting Instructor at Coastal Pines Technical College in Waycross. This enriched instruction ties directly into the Georgia Standards of Excellence for 3rd grade and into Ruskin’s school-wide STEM project.
The goal of Ruskin’s STEM project is to become “an environmentally aware school”. All grade levels have a specific role in the STEM project. Third grade’s role is organizing and managing a recycling program. Along with collecting recycled materials that are used in the construction of alternatively fueled cars, 3rd grade also manages funds generated by selling recycled aluminum cans and from the sale of advertisement signs that will be displayed on the school’s greenhouse.
To prepare 3rd graders for their vital role as accountants and managers in the school-wide STEM project, Mrs. Rodgers explained what it means to be an accountant. She gave examples of the responsibilities that accountants may have and demonstrated accounting by playing a game called “Accounting Rocks” with all four classes. When she left, the students were better prepared to handle the task at hand. They also were able to get a glimpse of what jobs were available in the area of accounting and the programs that Coastal Pines offers to prepare students for these jobs.
Principal Solomon states that she is grateful for all of the community support in launching Ruskin's STEM project. If you are interested in learning more about Ruskin's STEM project, please contact the school.
Pictured are (L-R): Lilli T., Brylee G., Mrs. Michelle Guy, Maria T., Abeni H., Jasmine A., Zaniyah R., Derek C., Dominick S., Ruben P., Brycen H., Haden G., Lupita J., and Kallye G.