Archive for Thursday, November 18, 2004

Students do math to help hospital

November 18, 2004

Marion Springs Elementary School students recently learned a little math can go a long way in helping others.

Several MSES students participated in the St. Jude's Research Hospital math-a-thon in an effort to help raise money for the Memphis, Tenn., hospital.

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MSES kindergarten teacher Heather Wallsmith said the students were given 200 math problems to complete. The students were responsible for finding sponsors to pledge a certain amount of money for each completed math problem.

The money raised will be sent to St. Jude's, a hospital that provides medical assistance to anyone, regardless of their health insurance or financial status.

Wallsmith said 51 students participated in the math-a-thon, and 35 of them were successful in raising money.

She said the school had hoped to raise $500 to send to the hospital, but ended up smashing that goal by raising nearly $2,000 in two weeks.

"I think the kids felt really proud of themselves," she said.

The math-a-thon, she said, coincided well with Thanksgiving, helping teach the students the meaning of the holiday and about being thankful.

"They were able to do something for people they don't know, and they didn't get anything for it," she said.

The three students who raised the most money were second grader Chelsey Curtis, who raised $260; kindergartner Brennan Fletcher, who raised $130; and third grader Katie Schwalm, who raised $115.

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