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Grant boosts Denison teacher's economics lesson

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McDaniel Intermediate School students participate in the Colonial Marketplace project. (KTEN) McDaniel Intermediate School students participate in the Colonial Marketplace project. (KTEN)
McDaniel Intermediate School teacher Sarah Heflin. (KTEN) McDaniel Intermediate School teacher Sarah Heflin. (KTEN)

DENISON, Texas -- Ruiz 4 Kids awarded a $325 "mini-grant" to Denison teacher Sarah Heflin on Wednesday for her Colonial Marketplace project. 

The course is designed to help her students at McDaniel Intermediate School understand economic patterns throughout history. Students learn how early settlers and merchants conducted business; the understanding of a free enterprise system; and the concept of supply and demand.

"Teachers are always spending our own money -- which we're happy to do -- but we just have more students than we can supply with everything that we would want to do for something like this," Heflin said. "Because of these funds, I'll be able to do this activity with every single student in the fifth grade, which is about 400 kids or so."

Ruiz 4 Kids funds scholarships for high school seniors and college students and mini-grants like this for innovative educators. The organization is sponsored by Ruiz Food Products, which has a manufacturing facility in Denison.

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