Sarah likes to use the local park, which is not maintained optimally. Still, she visits the park every afternoon. She tries to get people interested in improving the park, and then decides to clean up the park herself, and hopes to be able to give the park a major makeover.
1) Sarah picks up three bags of trash, and finds 72 cans and bottles which may be returned to the store in this trash. If each of these bottles is worth .05¢ at the store, how much money will Sarah receive from this?
Sarah then writes a local garden seed company, as well as the village, from the local print shop. She spends .40¢ on the linen stationery, including the envelope for each letter, that she sends, and .45¢ for the stamp for each letter. The photocopy of each page costs .09¢, and each letter is two pages long. Sarah is sending out two letters.
2) How much does each letter cost to send out?
3) How much is Sarah spending at the print shop in total?
4) Does Sarah have any money left over from the deposit money after this? If so, how much?
Sarah goes to the village hall, and reads about the park. She discovers that the park is 27.5 acres in total, and that only 13 acres of the park is wooded.
5) How much of the park is not wooded land?
Sarah talks to the person in charge of the parks and recreation for the community, who grants her permission to plant flowers on 10 acres of land. She leaves the village hall carrying a large photocopy of the park map.
After leaving the village hall, Sarah buys gloves and a garden tool from the local dollar store, which cost $1 each. There is a 9% sales tax on purchases here.
6) How much did Sarah spend to get the gloves and garden tool?
7) Did she spend any of her own money to do this?
The next day, Sarah goes back to the park, and picks up another three bags of trash, and finds a five dollar bill in the mud. She washes off the money, and goes to the local nursery.
8) At the local nursery Sarah buys four flats of mums, on sale for $1 each, plus 7.50% sales tax. How much did Sarah spend?
A few days later, Sarah receives 60 daffodil bulbs in the mail from the garden company that she wrote. She has three hours to spend at the garden.
9) How many minutes does Sarah have to spend planting each daffodil?
10) Should Sarah send out a thank-you note to the nursery that sent her the daffodil bulbs?
Sarah decides to plant the daffodils at the entrance to the park, and plants the bulbs over the course of a 1/4 mile walkway. She brings along a small donation jar for visitors to drop money in while she is planting the plants. Sarah counts the money at the end of three hours. She has received $3.36.
11) How much money did Sarah receive per hour of work?
12) Does Sarah have money to buy a flat of marigolds for $7 from the cash she received?
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Sarah receives a letter from the Village Hall. It says that her proposal is nice, and that it is under review. She also receives a check for $25 for her efforts, and a request from the garden committee to receive some photos of her work.
13) How many flats of marigolds can Sarah buy?
14) Will Sarah have enough money left over to write the village back, and send a few photos?
Sarah spends .32¢ per photo on four photos, and .56¢ on a stamped envelope from the post office, to write the gardening committee. She got the printout for the letter free from her school computer network.
15) How much did she spend on the communication to the garden committee?
4) Yes – $1.54
5) 14.5 acres
7) Yes, Sarah spent .64¢
9) 3 minutes
10) Yes, she should send out a thank-you note, which will cost at least .56¢ to send.
14) Yes, as long as Sarah doesn’t have to write back priority mail or express mail