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The Suburbanite
  • Manchester students raise money for St. Jude’s

  • In a 26-year tradition at Manchester Middle School, fifth- through eighth-graders continued their annual Math-a-Thon to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.


    It was a record-shattering effort, surpassing anything previous classes have been able to accomplish.

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  • In a 26-year tradition at Manchester Middle School, fifth- through eighth-graders continued their annual Math-a-Thon to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
    It was a record-shattering effort, surpassing anything previous classes have been able to accomplish.
    According to the fundraising coordinator, seventh-grade math teacher Angela Demrovsky, MMS students raised a total of $5,464.64 for the fund this year.
    Since the school began participating in the Math-a-Thon, MMS students have raised nearly $30,000 for the hospital, according to Demrovsky.
    Last year, they raised nearly $4,000. As impressive as that total was, they were able to surpass it by a wide margin.
    Their goal this year was to match their total from the last campaign, so when they exceeded that goal by nearly $1,500, Demrovsky and her students were extremely proud of what they had accomplished.
    “All of us teachers (who) coordinate it show them videos from the St. Jude Web site of patient stories,” Demrovsky said. “I think that that gets them very motivated. They see that they are helping kids their own age and making a difference.”
    The Math-a-Thon is a St. Jude’s program that encourages students to rally sponsors and donations while promoting math education.
    According to St. Jude’s website, the program issues Scholastic Math-a-Thon Funbooks, which are designed to inspire students to work through math problems with family, friends and sponsors.
    The fundraiser is designed to improve math skills, solve age-appropriate math problems and learn the benefit of helping others, according to St. Jude’s.
    Demrovsky said the students work on the Funbooks in class, but it is not a competition. Still, she said they didn’t need incentives in order to do their best and raise as much  money as possible for the cause.
    “The kids really went above and beyond,” she said.
    Students who raised $35 or more were given a T-shirt and students who raised $75 or more were given a T-shirt and a bag, according to Demrovsky.
    Students who raised even more money have the chance to earn several other prizes, according to the St. Jude’s website.
    “Some of the kids even chose to even donate their prizes back to St. Jude’s,” Demrovsky explained.
    The top-donating students were Brittany Alterio ($150), Helene Bell ($195) and Beth White ($273.50). 
    Students who raised between $50 and $130 were Carli Gardner, Carley Young, Austin Rediger, Delaney Wesig, Michael Mundy, Sierra Sipe, Jordan Worrell, Cole Krager, Matthew Decapita, James Hassan, Sydney Speer, Nathan Stahl, Amanda Metzgar and Michael Hercules.
    Manchester Middle School math teachers Angela Demrovsky, Michelle Lyons, Danielle Schnyders, Mike Hernandez, Rebecca Chesnick, Nancy Hyatt and Anne Tucker all helped encourage students in the Math-a-Thon and assisted in organizing the event.
    Demrovsky said the top donors and active participants received an award at the end of the year to commemorate their good work.
    Page 2 of 2 - The standard has been set high and next year’s fifth through eighth graders will have a lofty mark to shot for. But if this year is any indication, another record isn’t out of reach.

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