Students raise money for St. Jude Hospital
2/25/2008 Press release:
Way to go, kids!
Math-A-Thon a big success
Students from Hoboken raise $3725.89 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
The Hudson School announced today the successful completion of a Math-A-Thon in Hoboken, New Jersey to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Math-a-Thon, now in its 29th year, is an educationally based fund-raising program in which students obtain sponsors for the number of math problems completed in special workbooks provided for the students in grades K-9. The program is sponsored nationally by Six Flags Theme Parks, who provide free passes to their parks for every student raising $40 or more.
Eighteen students in grades 5-9 participated in the program. They spent part of their winter break working on the problems and finding sponsors and raised $3,715.89 for cancer research. They learned to do more than just math problems; they also learned the importance of helping children who are less fortunate than themselves. Through the math-A-Thon, they were able to provide a future for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Children with more than 200 forms of cancer and other catastrophic diseases find hope at St. Jude. Since its founding by the late entertainer, Danny Thomas, the survival rates for most forms of pediatric cancer have risen dramatically. In fact, today more than 70% of all children with cancer survive their bout with the disease. St. Jude fully credits these successes in treatment to the generous support of people around the world, including the students at The Hudson School.
“We are very proud of our students for working so hard on the Math-A-Thon,” said Mrs. Suellen Newman, volunteer coordinator. With their help, St. Jude Hospital will be able to create treatments that may one day lead to a cure for many forms of cancer that will benefit the children of our state, our country and around the world. I also want to extend our thanks to the Hoboken community and especially the students and faculty of our local university, Stevens Institute of Technology, for supporting our fund-raising
drive. Students and professors at Stevens donated $1009.00 toward our total. It takes all of us to make a difference in the lives of children with cancer, and we can all feel proud of our response.”
For more information on St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, please visit www.stjude.org. For information about The Hudson School, grades 5-12, please visit www.thehudsonschool.org or call 201-659-8335