This year's Permanent Fund Dividend check will likely be smaller than last year's amount of $1,174. Before Gov. Sean Parnell announces the dollar amount on Tuesday, Channel 2 left it up to a Clark Middle School math class to calculate a prediction.
Using numbers from the Department of Revenue, the students calculated each check will come out to $898.76, nearly $300 less than the 2011 amount.
According to the Department of Revenue, 677,600 people applied to receive a PFD check this year. The department will be crunching the numbers until Tuesday.
Clark Middle School teachers Jennifer and Justin Chissus said Friday's math lesson on the PFD showed students how math can be applied to their lives.
"I think anytime you can make the math really personal for them, you can see it in them, they brighten up and they're all about it. So I think the more we can work that in their curriculum, the better, and today really showed that," said Justin Chissus.
Meanwhile, many of the students already had big plans for their share. Most of them said they would either save it for college or give it to their parents. Some said they planned on spending it on a cell phone or saving up to buy a car later on.
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