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Fighting childhood cancer, one math problem at a time

Published: Monday, Feb. 25, 2013 2:44 p.m. CDT

SANDWICH – W.W.Woodbury’s Math-A-Thon will launch on Feb. 26 to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, one of the world’s premier centers for research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases.

The community can support students by making donations to St. Jude in honor of students’ participation in the national math fundraising program. 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.

“St. Jude is a research institution that develops and shares protocols and expertise to treat deadly childhood diseases,” said B.J. Cryer coordinator of the Woodbury event. “By pledging donations to students participating in Math-A-Thon, Sandwich will be supporting the St. Jude mission of finding cures and saving children across the country and around the world.”

Math-A-Thon works this way: Teachers and parents serve as volunteer coordinators for Math-A-Thon at their school. Participating students solve math problems in the Math-A-Thon 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 a family’s inability to pay.

St. Jude has teamed up with Scholastic Inc. to develop the Math-A-Thon Funbook. The funbooks contain engaging activities developed by Scholastic that support national standards and are aligned to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) focal points for each grade level, kindergarten through eighth. Math-A-Thon allows students to build and practice essential math skills covered in state standardized tests while also raising funds for kids battling cancer at St. Jude.

Since Woodbury started working with St. Jude’s Math-A-Thon program in 1998, local students have raised more than $45,000. If you would like to help meet the goal of raising $2,000 this year and you do not know a Woodbury student to pledge to, contact the school at 815-786-6316.

For more information hosting a Math-A-Thon event, visit www.mathathon.org.

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