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The Atlanta Fed

For immediate release: May 3, 2010

Atlanta Fed Announces Lesson Plan of the Year Winners

The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta today announced the winners of the Bank's 2009–10 Lesson Plan of the Year contest.

Keith Astuto of South Miami Senior High School in Miami, Fla., won first place. The second-place winner, Kerry Giordano, teaches at Thurgood Marshall Fundamental Middle School in St. Petersburg, Fla. Third place went to Greg Glandon of Morristown-Hamblen High School East in Morristown, Tenn. Maxine Casey, of Monroe County Career Technical Center in Monroeville, Ala., and Elfi Funk, who teaches at Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee, Ga., received honorable mention.

The Lesson Plan of the Year contest challenges middle and high school educators to develop lesson plans featuring Federal Reserve publications, Web sites or multimedia materials. The contest is designed to introduce educators to Federal Reserve materials and resources.

At a ceremony in Atlanta, the first-place winner received a $1,500 savings bond, the second-place entry received a $1,000 savings bond, the third-place winner received a $750 savings bond, and each honorable mention entry received a $250 savings bond. In addition, the five finalists each received a $1,000 savings bond, which was awarded by their respective Atlanta Fed office—Atlanta, Birmingham, Jacksonville, Miami and Nashville.

Astuto's first-place entry, "The Bank of Good Habits," explores the concepts of savings, investing, budgeting and financial responsibility by having students participate in year-long, real-life demonstrations and simulations.

Giordano's entry for middle school students, "Learning Economics Through Comics," uses four Federal Reserve graphic novels or comics to help students learn about and understand the basis of modern economic systems. Third-place winner Glandon's lesson, "You Can Bank On It," helps students develop an understanding of how financial institutions work by exploring the various types of financial institutions as well as the functions and services they offer.

A panel of judges composed of educators from across the District evaluated each entry on the use of Federal Reserve materials, originality and creativity, accuracy, quality of documentation, adherence to project guidelines, organization, ease of replication or adaptation, relevance to standards and writing style. The Atlanta Fed offers economic and financial education outreach to teachers, students and others through a variety of programs and activities.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta serves the Sixth Federal Reserve District, which encompasses Alabama, Florida, Georgia and parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. As part of the nation's central banking system, the Atlanta Fed participates in setting national monetary policy, supervises numerous commercial banks and provides a variety of financial services to depository institutions and the U.S. government.