04/14/11 Second and fourth grade students at Webster Elementary in Plymouth raised an impressive $3, 527 and change for St. Jude Childrenâ€™s Hospital by participating in a Math-a-thon this year. Those wishing to participate were given a fun math book in which to complete a variety of problems. They then asked family and friends for donations for St. Judeâ€™s.
According to Elementary Social Worker and Student Council Sponsor ,Wendi Bendy, the goal was
$1, 800, with each participating classroom raising $300. Bendy said only a handful of kids participated last year, but still raised $500. This year the number of students joining in the project escalated to 57.
Bendy said she encouraged students to keep working by posting updates and recognitions on a bulletin board.
Bendy said, â€śTwo students brought in $250 each and several came in with over $100. She said, â€śOne little girl came in with a bag full of change and asked if the contribution would help.â€ť Bendy said the idea is to involve students at a young age in community projects so that they are aware of needs as they become older.
This is Bendyâ€™s 17th year with the Plymouth Schools and her fifth year at Webster. She also works with students and administrators at Jefferson Elementary.
Bendy said, â€śI would be more than willing to do a Math-a-thon next year.â€ťÂ
Carol Anders Correspondent