East Union Math-A-Thon raises money for St. Jude

A St. Jude Math-A-Thon event took place during the month of February and is continuing into the first week of March at East Union Attendance Center. The Math-A-Thon helps raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a center for the research and treatment of childhood cancer and other deadly diseases. The Union County area can sponsor students participating in the Math-A-Thon by pledging an amount-per-problem or a one-time donation.

“St. Jude is the leader in the fight against catastrophic childhood diseases such as leukemia, brain tumors and sickle cell disease,” said Martha Charlwood, coordinator of the event. “Through events like this Math-A-Thon, Union County will be supporting the St. Jude mission of finding cures and saving children across the country and around the world.” Charlwood is a sixth grade math teacher at East Union. Students from all grades at East Union are participating in the different levels of the Math-A-Thon.

According to www.stjude.org, all patients accepted for treatment at St. Jude are treated without regard to the family’s ability to pay.

Charlwood said, “Last year we raised over $8,000 and over the past six years we raised $50,000. This year so far we have raised $195.00.”

At St. Jude, tiles can be placed on the wall at St. Jude that represent children helped by St. Jude. So far, three tiles have been placed on the wall that went to East Union. These students are Beverly  Hannaford, Taylor McDonald, and Alaina Coleman. Hannaford is a recent graduate of East Union.

10th grader David Hannaford, Beverly’s younger brother, said, “I do the Math-A-Thon because my sister had to go to St. Jude. I was afraid she wouldn’t make it. She had acute lymphoblastic leukemia. I like to be able to help St. Jude by doing math problems and also help cure other people.”

Charlwood’s 6th grade math class  is one of many classes involved in the Math-A-Thon and helping St. Jude.

6th grader Levi Cato said, “We raise money for every problem we do.”

6th grader Austin Crumpton said, “We have people from our school that are sick and we want to help them find a cure so they can be healthy and come back to school.”

Participating students receive a Funbook that is filled with math problems and puzzles. Students ask family and friends for pledges based on an amount-per-problem or a one-time donation. After students complete their Funbooks, they collect the pledges and donations from their sponsors and all donations are sent to St. Jude. For more information on the Math-A-Thon, visit www.mathathon.org.

The St. Jude Math-A-Thon can be completed in paper format or online. The names of the online games are “Why did the chicken cross the road,” “Diamond Race,” “Bubble Bugs,” “Add Like Mad,” and “Subtraction Action.”

The children have 200 problems to work within two weeks. They have until Friday, March 6, 2009 to finish the Math-A-Thon.

Jace Hogue said, “By doing math, it helps people at St. Jude who may not be able to pay. We like to raise money for kids that can’t afford treatment. We want to help everyone any way we can.”

As a bonus, East Union Principal Tim Carter has agreed to sit on top of the school if the school’s goal of $8,000 is reached. Carter said, “We want to be a part of the cure for childhood cancer. Our children have been impacted by this deadly disease, and anything we can do to help is just one more thing that our school does to be a part of the child’s life. We encourage all to help us find that cure.”