Elementary school honored for economics education

Linton Springs pupils learn by doing business

October 14, 2001

Linton Springs Elementary School's economics program has been awarded a National Council for the Social Studies Programs of Excellence Award.

Three third-grade teachers who initiated the program will receive the award next month at the council's national conference in Washington. They also will give a presentation about the program.

Betty Bloomfield, Peggy McCullin and Judy Southworth began Linton Springs' program three years ago in an effort to make economic concepts more real to their pupils. The teachers trained themselves, obtained grade-appropriate materials and began designing and implementing lessons in scarcity, resources, stocks, cost, consumption, production and interdependence.

In class, pupils formed companies and designed products they thought would be of interest to their peers. Children sold stock in their companies, maintained records of transactions, shopped for materials, compared prices, then produced, advertised and sold their product.

Pupils then contributed their profits to school and community organizations.

The program also has been recognized by the Carroll County Board of Education and Maryland Council for Social Studies.

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