Ally Williams is featured in a PenPal Schools Blog

By Loni Rahm

Teachers take great pride in the accomplishments of their students.

So it wasn’t a surprise to see lots of exclamation marks in the email communication between CHS teacher Mia Cauley and principal Brad Wilson as they shared the exciting news that Chelan Freshman Ally Williams had been named a Penpal Star.

Williams, the daughter of Ben and April Williams (Wapato Point Cellars) is a participant in an online class program that tackles a variety of subjects with students around the world. Her interaction regarding money management and financial literacy caught the attention of Jessica Altounian, Community Manager with PenPal Schools.

Altounian praised both teacher and student saying that Ms. Cauley was doing some incredible work with her students and announcing the recognition of Ally as a PenPal Star of the Week.

When sharing the award announcement with Lake Chelan Now, Principal Brad Wilson added his own praise saying “Ally is also a member of our high school JV Volleyball team, and a daily positive influence in our school.”

In addition to receiving a certificate of accomplishment, Williams was featured in a PenPal Schools blog.

About the PenPal Curriculum and Award (in an excerpt from their blog)

Money management and financial literacy are often overlooked topics in classrooms around the world. Some students get to learn about money in math class, while other students have the opportunity to take an economics class, but far too many students leave school unprepared for money management. The new financial literacy curriculum from PenPal Schools helps students to set short and long-term savings goals while designing budgets with their peers around the world.

Today, we’re excited to share a project based learning example from our math curriculum and celebrate PenPal Star Ally from Washington, USA. She recently participated in Financial Literacy & Money Management and learned “when people save their money, good things come out of that and you will be better off saving money or spending it on very important things.” She was recognized as a PenPal Star for her writing, and she did a great job of citing evidence from the lesson in her responses!