By Ed Harris
Kelley School students will once again be solving math problems to help raise money on behalf of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
The school has organized the Math-A-Thon since 1991 and has donated close $170,000 to St. Jude in that time. The school usually donates about $6,000 per year.
“This year is a little special,” said teacher and organizer Denise Sadowski, noting that the Math-A-Thon this year would be in honor of Alex Daniels a student who lost his battle with cancer this past February. “We want to make it special for him.”
The fundraiser, which is open to all Kelley students in the first through fifth grades, kicked off during a special assembly on Feb. 21. The fundraiser will conclude on March 8.
The students raise the donation funds by having people pledge a certain amount of money per math problem solved. For instance, if someone were to pledge $1 per problem solved, the person would owe $100 if the student completed 100 math problems.
“It’s not going to put anyone over the top,” Sadowski said, noting that the math books used for the pledge event contain fun numeric problems, some involving puzzles. “It’s usually fun.”
The money raised will help St. Jude in its ongoing fight against childhood catastrophic disease. The goal of the Math-A-Thon is to help the children of the world who are stricken with diseases like cancer, AIDS and sickle cell anemia. St. Jude Hospital is a world leader in the fight against these diseases and has made great progress.
The research hospital was founded in Memphis TN by the late entertainer Danny Thomas. All St. Jude patients are treated regardless of their ability to pay.
The students at Kelley wanted to participate in the Math-A-Thon because it helped other children.
“I like the idea of helping the kids at St. Judes,” said Alexandra Rogers, who, with $500, raised the most money last year.
This is Alexandra’s second year doing the math-a-thon and she will be joined by her sister Samantha, who is participating for the first year.
Josh Maccione, who helped Sadowski set up for the kick off, said he was participating in the math-a-thon because of a first hand family connection. His great aunt is currently battling cancer.
“I saw what she is going through,” Josh said.
If residents want to contribute donations, contact Sadowski by calling Kelley School at 628-3307.