Monette -- Students at Buffalo Island Central West Elementary recently participated in the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Math-A-Thon program and raised $6,430 to help kids battling cancer and other deadly diseases. This year's donation will be given in honor of Carson Scout Lyerly. Scout is currently being treated at St. Jude.
Since its inception more than 30 years ago, Math-a-Thon has become one of America's largest education-based fundraisers. More than 10,000 schools across the country participate in the program every year. Math-a-Thon is also one of the most successful fundraising campaigns for St. Jude, having raised nearly $400 million since its inception.
Math-A-Thon allows students to build and practice essential math skills while they raise funds for kids battling cancer at St. Jude. The program works in the following way: Teachers serve as volunteer coordinators for Math-A-Thon at their school. Participating students solve math problems in a printed or online Funbook. Students ask family and friends for donations in support of their participation in the Math-a-Thon. All donations are sent to St. Jude, where no child is ever turned away because of the family's inability to pay.
St. Jude has teamed up with Scholastic Inc. to make Math-A-Thon a more valuable resource for teachers as they prepare students for standardized testing. The print and online versions of Math-a-Thon Funbooks contain colorful activities developed by Scholastic. The activities support National Standards and are aligned to the National Council of Teachers of mathematics (NCTM) focal points for each grade level from K-8. The online version of the Funbook allows students to complete grade-specific activities like those offered in the print version but in an engaging game format that tracks points for the student.
For more information on how to host a Math-a-Thon event, call 1-800-FUNBOOK (386-2665) or visit www.mathmathon.org.