GLOVERSVILLE - Students at the Gloversville Middle School ranked in the top 100 schools in the nation this year for the total amount raised in their Math-A-Thon fundraiser for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
The students raised $12,596 this year, surpassing last year's total of $11,219. Last year's total netted the school the top spot in the nation for amount raised during its first year participating, said middle school math teacher Maria Brown.
Brown, along with fellow math teacher Lisa Hentnik, presented the information at Monday night's Board of Education meeting.
Gloversville Math Teachers Maria Brown, front, and Lisa Hentnik, speak at a recent Gloversville Enlarged School District Board of Education meeting about the Math-A-Thon fundraiser.
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"When I called to let them [St. Jude's] know, they were just amazed. I believe they referred to our students as heroes," Brown said.
The school has scheduled a recognition assembly Friday to honor and acknowledge the students efforts. A representative from St. Jude's will be present to accept the check for the donation.
During a two-week period, students solved math problems - in and out of the classroom - from a "Funbook" provided by St. Jude's. Students also collected donations during the period.
Brown told board members of a particular donation that stood out to her.
"Some students told their families and we had one young man that when his 6-year-old sister heard about what we were doing, she went to her piggy bank and gave him all her coins to bring in because she said there were other children who needed it more than she did," Brown said.
That child's donation totaled more than $10, she said.
"The students showed us what kind of hearts our students have when it came to children helping other children," Hentnik said.
A total of 275 students participated with 96 students raising $0 to $34.99, 122 students raising $35 to $74,99, 37 students raising $75 to $124.99, 15 students raising $125 to $249.99.
Three students raised more than $250.
Prizes included t-shirts, bookbags and other items.
The school set its own goals. If students reached $5,000 in donations, the school would earn a week with no math homework. If the students reached $10,000, the school would earn a week with no homework in any subject. If the students raised a penny more than last year, they would win a week with no homework and get to choose a "special treat," Brown said, for Principal Jim Christopher and Assistant Principal at GMS Nicole Lent.
The eighth-grade class raised the most money and decided that Christopher and Lent will be the targets in a dunking booth.
Christopher praised the efforts of the teachers and students saying "the excitement they created resonated" with everyone at the school.
The research hospital opened in Memphis, Tenn. a half century ago. It provides care to children at no cost to the family and is a leader in research into childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.