June 2009

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Learning how to Be BrainWise with Money has paid off, literally, for five Eagleton students who submitted winning entries to an essay contest in which they applied the 10 Wise Ways to managing money.

BrainWise and the Rotary Club of Denver Mile High Chapter, with help from a Daniels Fund grant, held the competition in May for 50 Eagleton fifth graders. Students were asked to write a one-page essay on the topic, “You have won $100. Tell a story about how you would manage this prize by being BrainWise and using the 10 Wise Ways.” A team of Rotarians reviewed the essays and submitted the top twenty entries to Colorado Speaker of the House, Terrance Carroll, who volunteered to be this year’s celebrity judge.

The first prize for the competition was a check for $100.  As part of the first prize, the classroom teacher also received $100 for her classroom. Two students received second place prizes of $50, and two other students received third place awards of $25.

The awards were presented by Dell Brooks, a master BrainWise instructor at Colorado High School Charter (CHSC), who commended each of the winners for their knowledge and application of BrainWise skills. Brooks encouraged the students to continue using BrainWise in Middle School and throughout their lives. Next year, Brooks plans to hold a similar competition for his students at CHSC.