The Operation Round Up Board of Directors initiated a program offering small, $500 grants to teachers. Grants were available to K-12 teachers in math or language arts for the 2019-2020 school year. The funds are made available by South Plains Electric Cooperative members contributing to Operation Round Up. Their monthly bill is rounded up to the next dollar, and the extra change, averaging only $6 per year, funds projects like the teacher mini-grants, scholarships and much more.
Melanie Braune is a special education teacher at Legacy Elementary and is a 2019-2020 Operation Round Up Mini-Grant recipient. Braune purchased items to expand the food truck program in her class with the mini-grant.
“For the past year I noticed a growing need to focus on teaching money skills to my students and wanted to provide hands-on opportunities to my students,” Braune said.
I want students to leave my classroom knowing how to be independent with money.”
The Food Truck Program at Legacy Elementary gives students the opportunity to learn and practice life skills. Students use their communication skills to take orders, math skills to count money and make change, as well as preparing snacks and meals.
The Food Truck Program has improved student communication, and their personalities truly shine.
“The students are still learning how to correctly count change, but I am hoping that with this food truck, they can learn skills that will last throughout their lives,” Braune said.
Thank you, South Plains Electric Cooperative, for helping provide new learning opportunities for these students!