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GrowBuck by ReBuildUp is an Attendance, Math Lab, Financial Literacy, and Job Training program rolled into one.
Students 3rd-12th are “paid” a set amount of GrowBucks for each day of school they attend. Each month, students receive their earnings to spend on products or services made by their fellow students. It only requires about an hour of classroom instruction time per month. For schools with limited resources, Business Partners may be available to provide supplies and other opportunities.
Based on our 2014 Economy, Jr. program, the mission is to create a micro economy in the classroom to mirror the real world. Middle and High School students can even list their GrowBuck Experience under “Work Experience” on job resumes when applying for their first jobs or internships. Student Jobs has been setup specifically to help students find their first jobs and internships.
TWO FORMS OF THE PROGRAM
GrowBuck Basic (GBB) – This simplified version supplies classrooms with the GrowBuck currency, Balance Sheets for students to record their purchases and sales, instructions for making paper wallets to hold both these items, along with printed and video instructions for how to setup a market, add different modules, and how to maintain the program.
It also connects the classroom with a Business Partner* who may: Donate student requested items to buy and sell.
Donate extra inventory to students.
Provide shelf space in their store to sell student made goods.
List their jobs or internships available to students.
* Business Partners may not be available in all areas.
As the first class of students gets comfortable with the program, you can add more classrooms to buy and sell with in a weekly or monthly school market held during lunch time.
For Middle and High Schools, we suggest setting up the program in math classes or home rooms with students given the option to rent tables during lunch break to buy and sell outside the classroom.
ReBuildUp will provide modules that can be added as you go to incorporate things like student run banks, selling pet food through the Food Growing League, and more.
GrowBucks at this level can provide a vehicle for teaching algebra along with general soft skills like making change, accounting, and salesmanship that are valuable in the working world. Other adult experiences like part time jobs/careers, paying rent, grocery costs, student loans, taxes, credit cards, and more can be simulated with GrowBucks.
WHAT TO SELL
Students can bring items (as long as they’re allowed by the school) from home that normally would be given away or sold off at a garage sale. Any items for sale must first get an approval signature from both the instructor and the parent/guardian before being brought to school.
Interested in learning more? Contact us now to bring GrowBucks to your classroom.