Nine teachers and 58 students at Partridge Elementary on Fort Leonard Wood participated in the annual St. Jude's "Math-A-Thon," raising $3,628.14 this spring.
They attended a program presented by Mrs. Geni Westling, the Mathathon coordinator, where they met some of the patients at St. Jude's (through a video) and learned how important it is to care about others. The program emphasizes service to others and encourages participants to collect "every little bit" to help the children at St. Jude's.
Math-A-Thon is a free, education-based fundraising program for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. 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.
St. Jude's treats patients from all 50 states and around the world and they do it for free. They share their research and findings with physicians and hospitals worldwide. Working together, their physicians and scientists have helped push the overall survival rate for childhood cancers from 20 percent when the hospital opened in 1962 to 80 percent today.