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August 2009

During the past month, new information and activities have been added to the United States Mint H.I.P. Pocket Change™ Web site.  To help you learn "What's New for You," we've listed and linked these features below.

August Coin of the Month:  Join Flip as he learns more about the Louis Braille Commemorative Dollar.  Braille, a citizen of France, invented a system of raised dots that allows blind people to read and write.  Fifty years ago, about half of the blind people in the United States could read braille, but now only about one tenth can.  Reading braille helps blind people to hold jobs and live on their own.  That's why the word "independence" appears on the back of this coin!  Learn more about the life of Louis Braille and other special coins that honor famous people, places, and events by visiting the Commemorative Coins page.

Teacher Feature

Teacher Features:  Exploring the Teachers section of H.I.P. Pocket Change is a good way to find great classroom ideas.  And here's another tool for you:  the Teacher Feature icon, sprinkled throughout the site.  Be sure to click on the icon whenever you see it to locate options and ideas that relate directly to whatever you just read!

Teacher Feature Name Related Feature Covered Curricular Area
"Now Hear This" August Coin of the Month Social Studies