Olustee Elementary School’s Math-A-Thon was launched yesterday to raise vital 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.
Olustee and other area communities 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.
If you would like to make a donation to St. Jude through Olustee’s, Math-a-thon event, call the school at 580-648-2243.
“St. Jude is a research institution that develops and shares protocols and expertise to treat deadly childhood diseases,” said Melvin Hazel, coordinator of the event. “By pledging donations to students participating in Math-A-Thon, We will be supporting the St. Jude mission of finding cures and saving children across the country and around the world.”
Math-A-Thon works in the following way: Teachers 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 Math-A-Thon 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 from K–8. 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.
For more information on how to host your own Math-A-Thon event, call 1-800-FUNBOOK
(386-2665) or visit www.mathathon.org.
About St. Jude
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. St. Jude is the first and only pediatric cancer center to be designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. Founded by late entertainer Danny Thomas and based in Memphis, Tenn., St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the world. St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance. No child is ever denied treatment because of the family’s inability to pay. St. Jude is financially supported by ALSAC, its fundraising organization. For more information, go to www.stjude.org.