St. Jude’s Math-a-thon

This week, I discovered something that I am kicking myself for not discovering sooner – months ago, years ago, it doesn’t matter.  St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has an education-based fundraiser that has been going on for the past thirty years.  My local schools are not a part of it…  not yet, anyway.  They will be ASAP if I have anything to say about it.

It is a math-a-thon, and basically it is for grades K-8.  St. Jude’s has made it the largest education-based fundraiser in the country.  Participants obtain sponsorships (donations) from family and friends, and they complete a math curriculum supplement, which is designed to go along with teachers’ curriculum.  There’s a Funbook with math problems which students need to get pledges to solve.  This curriculum was “developed by Scholastic, the world’s leader in educational technology and children’s media.  Each Funbook level meets national standard requirements that will help your students practice and prepare for standardized testing,” the website says.

The following is from the website’s about page.

Getting started
To get started, a representative from the school volunteers to become a coordinator. Becoming a coordinator is easy and absolutely free, and St. Jude will send everything you need to get started. Call 1-800-FUNBOOK (386-2665) to register your school or fill out the registration form.

The benefits of Math-A-Thon add up to help a good cause. Students who participate will have the opportunity to:

  • improve math and comprehension skills
  • solve age-appropriate math problems
  • understand the importance of helping others

This all equals help for St. Jude patients battling cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases.

How it works

  1. Students are shown the Math-A-Thon DVD and take home the Sponsorship Envelope with the attached Permission Slip.
  2. Students return the signed Permission Slip to the coordinator.
  3. Students obtain sponsors and then complete their Funbook by solving a variety of math problems.
  4. After completing the problems, students collect donations from their sponsors and return them to their coordinator.
  5. Students and schools earn prizes depending on total funds collected.

Do the math. Help save lives. Sign up today by calling 1-800-FUNBOOK (386-2665) or filling out the registration form.

Despite the fact that I LOATHED math when I was in school, I am really excited about this.  I told my sister to look into it.  She wants to be a math teacher, primarily in middle school.  If I could just ignite the flame that is awareness about this, then I will be doing my part.  Will you do me a favor?  Help me spread the word about this?  Share this on your facebook feeds and tweet it and reblog this or write your own about this fantastic fundraiser.  Check to see if your local elementary schools and middle schools are participants, and if not, then bring the idea to them.  Pediatric cancer needs to come to the forefront of society, so that we can stop it., so that one day, no family is devastated by it.

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