ROSELLE —All through March, 5th and 6th graders at Leonard V. Moore Middle School in Roselle are taking part in a Math-A-Thon to help raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
And just like runners in a marathon, students are in it for the long haul.
“It’s a volunteer effort, but our students have shown their interest, they’re ready to participate and it’s an opportunity for them to go above and beyond,” said LV Moore Principal Craig Messmer.
Math-A-Thon, an education-based annual fundraiser, is a free program for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The program includes a free math curriculum supplement for grades K-8 that students complete after obtaining sponsorships from family and friends.
All funds raised by the students go to support St. Jude, where doctors and scientists work to eradicate childhood cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases.
St. Jude designed Math-A-Thon to supplement a teacher’s existing curriculum, while also teaching students the importance of helping others. To participate, students ask family and friends for pledges to solve math problems in the Math-A-Thon Funbook.
“We were looking to do a service-learning project,” Messmer said. “But we wanted to make sure we were engaging students in an effort that will have a real-world effect.”
The Funbook contains a curriculum developed by Scholastic, the educational technology and children’s media company. Each Funbook level meets national standard requirements that will students practice and prepare for standardized testing, Messmer said.
The Math-A-Thon kicked off March 1. At the conclusion of the Math-A-Thon, students can earn prizes—T-shirts, books, an even a digital camera—depending on their level of fundraising.
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