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Math-A-Thon helps students improve math skills while helping St. Jude

Join thousands of schools around the country taking part in the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Math-A-Thon® program during the spring 2010 semester.

For more than 30 years, Math-A-Thon has successfully helped students improve their math skills and helped raise millions of dollars in the fight against childhood cancer. You can join the fight by signing up today.

Register between January 4 and February 15, 2010, and your school will be entered into a drawing to win a free $50 Target gift card. If you complete your Math-A-Thon by May 28, 2010, your school will be entered into a second drawing for a second $300 gift card. It's an added incentive to a program that has helped thousands of students hone their math skills and many more win their battle against childhood cancer. View official rules.

Becoming a coordinator is easy and is absolutely free. St. Jude will send everything you need to get started. Call 1-800-FUNBOOK or visit www.mathathon.org now to sign up and be included in this special promotion.

View video with official Math-A-Thon spokesperson Danica McKellar, actress from The Wonder Years and The West Wing, and now author of the bestselling books, Math Doesn't Suck and Kiss My Math.

St. Jude designed Math-A-Thon to supplement a teacher's existing curriculum, while also teaching students the importance of helping others. To participate, students ask family and friends for pledges to solve math problems in the Math-A-Thon Funbook. The funds raised by the students benefit St. Jude, where doctors and scientists work to eradicate childhood cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases.

This year's Math-A-Thon Funbook was designed by Scholastic, Inc., the most trusted name in learning. Under Scholastic's direction, the new Funbook includes a new curriculum of math activities to meet national standards in education and challenge today's K – 8 students with age-appropriate math problems. The work the students will do as part of Math-A-Thon will also be subjects that must be covered in each grade level by the time the student leaves his or her current grade. The subjects are broken down into focal points, which will be covered in the new Funbook.

This exciting new addition expands the benefits of the Math-A-Thon program from the St. Jude campus to the classroom to school districts themselves. Not only does the new Funbook allow students to raise funds for St. Jude and help them practice their math skills, but it also serves as preparation for the standardized tests at the end of the school year.

Scholastic Professional Media Editorial Director of Custom Media Jennifer Prescott said: "Scholastic is delighted to partner with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital on their Math-A-Thon program. Our team of expert curriculum developers is inspired by the opportunity to deliver quality, standards-based activities that will help thousands of students build and practice essential math skills, while helping to raise critical funds for the patients of St. Jude."

In addition, St. Jude has developed a Web version of the Funbook for students who wish to complete their math problems on the online. Using the online Funbook, students can select their grade level and complete their math problems. Using other online tools, students can also create personal Web pages for fundraising that will accept credit card donations, allow them to set goals and allow their sponsors to monitor the student's success.

To find out how your school can become a part of this exciting new chapter in the Math-A-Thon program, visit www.mathathon.org or call 1-800-FUNBOOK.

Do the math, and help save lives.

 

January 2010

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