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Clifton Park third graders get life lessons

The family and friends who attended the Valentine's event were given roses from the students, which were provided by Fun Works, a family fun center in the mall, which also gave the student's an all-day pass to use at their leisure.

"My mom said about six times that she loved everything," said Steven Shannon. He said that his mom's eyes watered when he gave her a rose after reading his poem aloud.

In addition to sharing their poems, the students also sang "L-O-V-E" and "What a Wonderful World" to the crowd.

Melvin's Magnificent Magic Shop, a store in the mall, sponsored the event.

Students were also able to enjoy lunch with their parents in the center's food court, and received gift certificates to other stores and restaurants in the mall.

While reading and writing are clearly connected, how does math fit into the student's daily schedule?

Well, like any community, the students in Hall and LaGoy's classes have jobs, which pay a significant salary of 10 cents per day. In order to receive their pay at the end of the week, students must be on task every day and do what is required of them. Students can receive bonuses for being helpful or using manners, and fines for not following directions. At the end of the week, the students deposit their money into a personal, class bank account to spend at the end of the year during a class sale. The bank account teaches students money management skills and discipline, according to Hall.""

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