As part of our HDS B.R.I.D.G.E.S. Program Community Based Instruction (CBI), students learn budgeting skills while they shop for goods and services. Part of the grant money our Foundation awards to the schools each year goes to purchasing gift cards. This week, our CBI was a shopping experience at Publix, the teacher pre-purchased (14) $15 Publix gift cards. Prior to heading out on their CBI field trip, students looked over the type of subs, deli-style food, desserts, and drinks they could order for lunch. Each student made a list of what they wanted, and their assigned teammate had to order it for them. This was a fantastic lesson in budgeting and problem-solving, as some items were not available and students had to decide what to do; some of the students had to calculate whether the combo deal was a savings or not, order from the deli and bakery and of course find all the items that were listed on their friend’s lunch order. Each student managed to stay within their budget of $15. We are very proud of our HDS B.R.I.D.G.E.S. students as they continue to learn life skills!