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March 1, 2011 > Students raise funds for St. Jude Hospital

Students raise funds for St. Jude Hospital

Submitted By Bonnie Curtis

Students at Mission San Jose Elementary recently participated in the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital(r) Math-A-Thon program and raised $10,782 to help kids battling cancer and other deadly diseases.

"We are so proud of our students for embracing Math-A-Thon and raising critical funds for St. Jude," said Mrs. Curtis, Principal and coordinator of the event. "I am also proud that the students all agreed to donate their prize money back to St. Jude instead of accepting a prize. Every dollar raised will help support the St. Jude mission of finding cures and saving children in communities worldwide. Congratulations, MSJE students, for a job well done!"

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. It is also one of the most successful fundraising campaigns for St. Jude, having raised nearly $400 million since its inception.

The program allows students to build and practice essential math skills while they raise funds for kids battling cancer at St. Jude. Teachers serve as volunteer coordinators for Math-A-Thon at their school. Participating students solve math problems in a printed or online version of a "Funbook." Students ask family and friends for donations in support of their participation. All donations are sent to St. Jude, where no child is ever turned away because of the family's inability to pay.

St. Jude has teamed up with Scholastic Inc. to make Math-A-Thon a more valuable resource for teachers as they prepare students for standardized testing. The print and online versions of the Funbooks contain colorful activities developed by Scholastic. The activities support National Standards and are aligned to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) focal points for each grade level from K-8. The online version also allows students to complete grade-specific activities like those offered in the print version but in an engaging game format that tracks points for the student.

For more information on how to host your own Math-A-Thon event, call 1-800-FUNBOOK or visit www.mathathon.org.

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. For more information, go to www.stjude.org.

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