GES Participates in St. Jude Math-A-Thon for 16th Year
by Renee Geiger
Math-a-Thon Coordinator K-1
In the last 16 years, GES K-3 students have raised over $265,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, participating in the Math-a-Thons as their fundraiser. The coordinators for this annual event are Renee Geiger K-1 and Melinda Goff 2-3. The school initially involved with the St. Jude Math-a-Thon because some of our students were patients at St. Jude.
Math-a-Thon is a free, education-based fundraising program for grades K-8 that benefits the care and treatment of patients at St. Jude. The program enhances students’ math skills while teaching them the importance of helping others.
Each year, thousands of schools participate in Math-a-Thon, helping to raise millions for the patients of St. Jude. It costs $1.6 million A DAY to operate St. Jude, and public donations provide more than 70 percent of their funding. Students’ participation in the Math-a-Thon makes it possible for St. Jude to treat patients regardless of a family’s ability to pay. St. Jude is the ONLY pediatric cancer research center where families NEVER pay for treatments that are not covered by insurance.
The success of the St. Jude Math-a-Thon at GES K-3 is based on student and parent involvement. The coordinators hold an assembly to promote Math-a-Thon. in which the students view the DVD, “Meet the Numerators”. Sponsor Form envelopes are distributed and students are encouraged to begin fundraising. Prizes are rewarded according to monies that are raised. All student participants earn a certificate of appreciation. Those students raising $35 will receive a St. Jude t-shirt for raising $75 they will receive the t-shirt and a backpack. Those students who raise $125 or more will select one of various prizes. GES K-3 has also been awarded prizes according to the amount of money raised by the school.
and other life-threatening diseases Today, the overall survival rate for childhood cancer is almost 80 percent. It is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Center devoted solely to children. It is also the leader in the research and treatment of blood disorders and infectious diseases.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was founded 50 years ago by the late entertainer, Danny Thomas, who believed that no child should die in the dawn of life. The hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering research and treatment of children with cancer