This year, fourth and fifth graders at Grandview Elementary School participated in the Math-A-Thon to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
To kick off the event, the students watched a DVD about children with diseases such as leukemia who receive their treatments at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The video touched the hearts of the students, and they had many questions and concerns about the children they saw in the DVD.
Twenty of the students excitedly returned to school the following day with permission slips allowing them to participate in the Math-A-Thon to help these children.
Students asked teachers, family and friends to sponsor them. After recruiting sponsors, the students received workbooks with many math problems. Students collected the pledges and brought the money back to school after solving the problems. The 20 students who participated raised a total of $776.
This is the fourth year that the forth and fifth grade students in math have worked on the Math-A-Thon. Combined with the other three years, Grandview has raised a grand total of $3,883.44.
Not only have the students helped children who are in need of medical care, but they also improved their math skills.