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100th Day of School

Zimmer McEachin and Austin Schildt, 2nd Grade students work on their St. Jude's Math - a - Thon activities.

On Thursday, February 4, 2010 Western Union Elementary School held their very first Math - a -thon / 100th Day of School Event.  Although the weather changed the 100th Day of School to Friday, all activities went on as planned.

The objective of the event was for all students to gain a better understanding of the objectives they study daily and an appreciation of how math is used everyday in various occupations.  In order to accomplish this goal, the school asked parents, school leaders, and local businesses to visit the school and discuss the various ways these professionals use math in their professions.

Presenters ranged from a chef to a farrier, accountants, firemen, hairdressers, lab techs, as well as local school officials.  Students rotated from presenter to presenter learning various skills, techniques and most importantly, gained a new love for math.

 Another goal for the day was to support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  Through the day, students had the opportunity to complete 100 math problems in a  bookelt printed by Scholastic in support of St. Jude.  Prior to the event, students asked family and friends to sponsor them in completing these math problems.  The school's goal was $100 per classroom.  Students had to complete a math problem to determine how much money each student would need to raise in order to meet the goal.  The students and their supporters managed to meet and exceed their goals.  Western Union is a small school with only 451 total students and 22 classrooms.  The student's tremendous efforts raised $2,714.39.  The week before this event, the students also raised pennies for Haiti and brought in $506.76.  The students are truly learning community and global support.

The event committee would like to send a special thank you to the students, their supporters, the staff, and the PTO for providing a luncheon for the presenters.  They would also like to extend an overwhelming thank you to the presenters, whos time and efforts made this event a huge success.

Written by: Carrie Johnson
Posted: Feb 15, 2010 by Carrie Johnson

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