Mr. Vicente’s Economics class entered the Federal Reserve Shred Challenge. The five finalist were Cheyenne Quinones, Ha’mil Holmes, Mariana Aguirre-Baeza, Esmeralda Martinez-Medina, and Ayana Schaffer. The theme of the competition was “Creating My Budget” and the students constructed an art project made up of at least 60% shredded money and wrote an essay. The finalist entries were sent to the Federal Reserve in Kansas City and Anaya Schaffer won for George Washington. Her art will be on display starting April 17 at the Kansas City Federal Reserve. Congratulations!
“The book of life is a theme that has been told time and time again. To me this project has built a bridge into my insight on what I think about budgeting. I had to search myself to find what I believe to be important. I came up with five different points of life in which I think that I need to prioritize. Each page displays a different pop-up version, that I have created, that depicts one of those facets of life. The book begins with the simple picture of a house. The simple image represents the home that I have to care for when I am an adult. The secondary picture is one of a woman and child. One day I may make the decision to have a family and that prospect includes a lot of planning. Taking care of another person is costly and so budgeting correctly will majorly help in the long run. The Gas Can depiction is more literal in representing the way that if I don’t budget my gas usage over the week going from school, work, and home, then I will be in deep trouble. The hamburger typifies the dire need to manage and budget your food. For those times that it is difficult, that everyone has been through, it may be the difference between life and death. Finally, the Clock represents time. We need to realize that with the budgeting of everything else, the most important thing to budget is time. We need time to work hard and accomplish our goals, time to spend with our loved ones, and time to ourselves. We need time for everything. And if you don’t budget your time, you will find yourself running out of it. “ – Ayana Shafer