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Math + Students = $3K for St. Jude

Written and photographed by: Crystel Ellison

Mrs. Daphne King’s 2nd grade GT class at HLES recently sponsored a math-a-thon and raised $2,911.85 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

“It is a great blessing to be able to be a volunteer coordinator for the St. Jude Math-a-thon.  Every family has been touched in some way or knows someone who has had cancer or other life-threatening or debilitating diseases,” King said.

King has served as a St. Jude volunteer coordinator for the past 12 years and under her leadership and with the participation of elementary students, has raised more than $30,000.

“St. Jude greatly depends on fundraisers such as the math-a-thon because families never have to pay anything for their child’s treatment,” King said.

At the kickoff assembly, students watch a video about St. Jude that includes stories about some of the patients and how donations help the hospital.

“I can tell that the video tugs at the student’s heart by their faces as they watch.  When they see that these students are the same age as them or have the same hobbies as they do, the students really want to help,” King said.

Participants are given a Funbook to complete with math skills set to Common Core standards. The more math problems completed, the more money collected.

“I continue to participate in this fundraiser each year, knowing that I can help and that I can involve the students to help these sick children,” King said.

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