Hubert R. Hudson Elementary School, (Brownsville, TX). Hudson Elementary teaches students how to be productive and educationally-motivated citizens via the Hudsonville Micro-Community and Economy. The approach mirrors a a community within the school to create an academic learning experience for students. By leveraging dynamic partnerships with local businesses (e.g., bank and store), students in grades PK3–5th learn important economic principles by earning “Cody Bucks” through a variety of academic and social achievements. Language Arts concepts are supported when students complete job applications, write advertisements, and thank you notes to community mentors. Hudsonville enhances students’ fine arts and technology skills through the daily broadcast of Coyote News Network (CNN), a student written and produced morning news show. A cross-curricular connection is made with financial literacy when students record their day-to-day economic transactions in the classroom, deposit their earnings each December and May at a Bank, and purchase goods at a neighborhood store operated by 5th grade students twice a year. Hudsonville helps students gain financial concepts while learning the value of leadership, career readiness, and real-world skills that will lead to them becoming responsible, socially prepared citizens.