Here’s a video that tells the story of the Summer Institute in Economics at James Madison University. It is SVEE’s sponsorship of the JMU teacher outreach program that makes this institute and its companion Institute in Personal Finance possible, in partnership with the Virginia Council on Economic Education and state funders.
The awards program coordinated by Shenandoah Valley Economic Education, Inc., continues to generate excellent entries. For 2014, Bethany Everidge of Harrisonburg High School won the top prize statewide in the annual economic education awards competition sponsored by the Virginia Council on Economic Education. Everidge’s project was “Decision Making of the Future – 3 Hot’s and a Cot.” In this lesson, a diverse class learned the importance of long-term considerations in making current economic decisions. (“3 Hot’s and a Cot” refers to the accommodations in jail.)
Everidge was recognized at the local annual presentation at the Harrisonburg Rotary Club, which together with the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce and SVEE, sponsors local competition.
In the local contest, Dawn Flora and Ann Komara of Ottobine Elementary School won the grand prize of $1000. Their winning project was “Painting Economic Principles Red, White and Blue.”
In the Ottobine project, students learned about active duty soldiers, veterans, and those who sustained injuries while serving. Flora and Komara’s students also formed a company manufacturing windsocks to raise money for a donation to The Wounded Warrior Project. The reserve grand prize went to Broadway High School’s Russell Kohrs for his natural resource economics project, “Riding Hubbert’s Curve: Finite Resources and their Implications for Society’s Future.”
Other local winners included:
Louise Pierson of John Wayland Elementary School, who won first place among elementary school entries with her project, “My Father’s Dragon: An Economic Tale.”
Kim Fawley and Allen J. Ruliffson of J. Frank Hillyard Middle School, who won first place in the middle school division for their project, “Like Economics for Chocolate.”
Janeen Dofflemyer of East Rockingham High School, who won first place in the high school division for “Gaming Your Way Through Economics.”
Elizabeth (Beth) Stombaugh-Hook of Harrisonburg High School, who won second place in the high school division for “Getting Creative with Financing the Government.”
The Harrisonburg Rotary Club has made a significant donation to Shenandoah Valley Economic Education, Inc., from its 2013 charity golf tournament. SVEE was one of five local nonprofit organizations to receive allocations from the tournament proceeds. Jennifer Shirkey, outgoing Club president, made the $10,000 presentation on June 24. “Our children need to learn about market economics and its importance to prosperity just as they need to learn any other civics lesson,” said SVEE Board chair Jerry Scripture. “We, in the Valley, are blessed to have the support of educators and the business community to support that mission through Shenandoah Valley Economic Education, Inc. Rotary’s continued support of that mission is terrific.”