It’s never too early for students to learn about the dangers of fine print. This interactive site helps students understand that a deal may not always be as good as it seems at first glance. Students complete three activities to learn how to spot a deal that sounds too good to be true. Then they look at six different ads using a calculator to determine whether the deal being advertised is a good deal or a bad deal. Finally, students use a calculator to determine the actual cost of the goods being sold in two different ads. With advertisements bombarding us daily, it is important to teach students how to read them and determine whether they are good deals or too good to be true.
Please feel free to share this if you have a special needs child. There needs to be more awareness of the disabilities children face today and the effect certain individuals have on them
You may also drop Fred a line and let him know how you feel even if you are not a resident of Volusia County.
Special Need Parents:
My son worked for Fred Costello. He suffers from General Anxiety Disorder (GAD). It was a great milestone to join Fred and his team stretching his “comfort zone”. Anyone that knows anyone with GAD knows they are hyper vigilant and strive for approval. But sometimes bad things happen to decent people.
I normally don’t interfere with my son’s employment, but here was a candidate I planned to vote into office. I certainly didn’t want a heartless individual in its place. My son worked 3 days feeling self-assured and validated for Fred. Each evening he came home with positive affirmations. I happened to meet the campaign manager, Chris, and was informed my son was doing an excellent job. On the second day, he texted this campaign manager who watched over “the grid” (numerous times) saying he is running late due to a family emergency (that would be me). On that third day, that same manager, recently full of approvals, told him his services were no longer needed. There was no explanation; he was distant and aloof.
I wrote to Fred because he is a Christian man. I knew he would look into the situation due to the circumstance. I also explained my son’s diagnosis noting he is hyper vigilant and always strives to do his best. Something was definitely amiss here. Fred replied with a letter from the mouth of his campaign manager (Chris) with no concessions. Furthermore, he purported my son never checked in or texted. He felt due to the family emergency that he needed more “observation” and “training” stating Chris had to “follow up and check to see if he was fully following our directions”. I guess Fred didn’t realize my son shared all his texts with me. Fred also mentioned that the day of emergency held no justification. He reported Chris had concocted a map that was in walking distance where he could knock on doors singing Fred’s praises. This map contained five miles in both directions that would prohibit walking and talking to 80 houses in one day without a vehicle. The bottom line is Fred didn’t care. Fred didn’t want to hear the other side. Fred was propelled more by his emotional justification than his values, ethics, and actions of his campaign manager.
He expanded by saying, “There is no excuse to be late to work.” His letter ended, “Hopefully this will be a great life lesson for your son. I hope this experience has helped him learn that he must fully follow the directives of his boss in whatever job he has in the future or he won’t hold the job for a long time, he must be where he is expected to be…….. no excuses.”
Not even for an emergency, Fred? Life lessons are apparently more important than the hearts and self-worth of the public for whom you represent.
Fred Costello For Congress
Can you imagine how hard it was to carry around enough coinage to purchase a big-ticket item prior to 1862? The only legal tender backed by the United States up until that time was in the form of coins. In February, 1862, as a way to finance the Civil War, the Legal Tender Act was passed, and the first paper money, the “Greenback,” was issued on March 10, 1862. This site from NOVA explores how the Treasury Department and Secret Service strive to keep our paper money hi-tech enough to thwart counterfeiters. After you’ve reviewed how a 100 dollar bill is made, try your hand at spotting a bogus bill.
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Valerie Bourbour is a certified educator and past Co-Director of The Academy of Ormond Beach. Ms. Bourbour has experience in online learning platforms and aims for student success.