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For 30 years, the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Math-A-Thon® program has successfully helped children improve their math skills and helped raise millions of dollars in the fight against childhood cancer.

But ALSAC, the fundraising organization for St. Jude knew more could be done to not only help the children of St. Jude, but to help a new generation of students develop the critical math skills they will need in adult life. So, how do you improve on such a good thing?

By joining forces with the most trusted name in learning.

St. Jude is proud to announce that Scholastic Inc. has teamed with the St. Jude Math-A-Thon to bring the educational and fundraising program to a new and exciting level for the 2009 -10 school year. Scholastic is recognized by the largest number of teachers and school administrators as a trusted brand for providing quality educational tools and trusted resources. Virtually 100 percent of K-12 schools, 90 percent of classrooms and virtually every family in America have Scholastic products.

"We are thrilled to welcome Scholastic to the St. Jude family as a partner in our Math-A-Thon program," said David L. McKee, chief operating officer and interim CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising organization of St. Jude. "We share a mission focused on children, and Scholastic’s support will help St. Jude generate even more awareness about this unique program that helps students improve math skills while raising money to help St. Jude continue its lifesaving work."

Under the direction of Scholastic, the Math-A-Thon Funbook has designed 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. Improved test scores will reflect well upon teachers when evaluations come around.

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.”

More than 10,000 schools across the country take part in Math-A-Thon. 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.

Your school can become a part of this exciting new chapter in the Math-A-Thon program. Find out how to sign up today by visiting or by calling 1-800-FUNBOOK.
Do the math, and help save lives.


April 2009

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