Wilson Elementary students tested their math skills as they participated in the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Math-A-Thon Feb. 24 to March 12.


Wilson Elementary students tested their math skills as they participated in the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Math-A-Thon Feb. 24 to March 12.

Students had sponsors who gave a certain amount for each math problem solved in a special booklet from St. Jude. Flat donations were also accepted, with all the money going to the hospital.

Second-grade teacher Cindy Creswell has organized the event for the last three years.

“It’s a way for students to support kids their own age and learn too,” she said. “The kids are very passionate about raising money for St. Jude’s. One girl even gave up her pop money because she said she wanted to give it to the babies.”

Students were excited to help the other children.

“Sometimes parents can’t pay for things, but St. Jude’s can,” fifth-grader Katy Barnes said.

The school raised $737 through the event.

“I liked raising money and supporting the children,” second-grader Ivy Bray said.

The Math-A-Thon booklets featured stories of patients at St. Jude’s.

“When I saw them, I wanted to give them a million dollars,” second-grader Carson Fulton said.

Instead of just lists of math problems, the booklets had fun puzzles and games to keep the students interested.

“I liked it because you didn’t have to see just math problems. It was an interesting fact to see who invented the first telephone,” fourth-grader Jaide Way said.

Problems corresponded to students’ grade level.

“It was kind of hard and kind of fun,” second-grader Alysha Barnes said.

“My favorite part is the adding and subtracting because I’ve been doing it since kindergarten and it’s easy to get,” fourth-grader Gaylee Bethea said.

Students took the increase in math problems in stride, recognizing the need to practice math.

“I use math on money. I use it almost 24/7,” fourth-grader Kassity Long said.