The tiny town of Tenino, Washington, has found a creative way to help residents and local businesses that are struggling financially as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The town has printed its own wooden money, each note worth $25. Residents experiencing pandemic-related economic hardship (because of a job loss, for example) can each receive up to $300 worth of the currency each month. Many local businesses—including restaurants, gas stations, and grocery stores—now accept the unique cash. The businesses can trade the wooden bills for U.S. dollars at City Hall.
Common Core: RH.6-8.1, RH.6-8.2, RH.6-8.4, RH.6-8.7, WHST.6-8.4, RI.6-8.1, RI.6-8.2, RI.6-8.4, RI.6-8.7, W.6-8.4
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