St. Jude Math-A-Thon

Preparation Underway for St. Jude Math-A-Thon 2017

Our Math-A-Thon fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has begun. If you choose for your child to participate in the collection of donations for this project, you can begin collecting now. The event will be held on Friday, March 3, and donations are due on that day. The Math-A-Thon is a fundraiser that the Lower School holds every other year for students in Jr. Cubs – 5th grade. Our theme this year is “Dreaming of a Cure,” and students will be able to wear pajamas to relax and have fun. They will also be completing a math fun book that day from St. Jude, and there will be lots of other fun math projects throughout the day. Remember all problems are completed at school, and all donations will be due to the teacher on the day of the event.

The official kick-off is February 15, when St. Jude employees will be coming to speak to our students, but you don’t have to wait until then to begin collecting. We gave students in grades 2-5 the option to create their very own personal websites at school to collect donations. These students will have their own URL, which can be searched using the student’s first and last name on the Math-A-Thon website link below.

USJ Math-A-Thon Website

For the last few years, USJ has been one of the top Math-A-Thon donators in the nation. In 2015, our Lower School broke a nation wide all-time record for this fundraiser and raised a whopping $78,153!

This will be such a rewarding experience for our children to raise money for such a wonderful cause. Thank you for being part of the giving community at USJ.


‘Everybody at St. Jude knows USJ’

Kindergarten students danced and cheered while counting to 100, their voices rising with each set of 10. “Thirty! Forty! Fifty!” Nearby, Cubs counted and sorted candy hearts with help from their reading buddies in fourth grade.
Chatter filled the halls.

This was the big day — the day the students got to wear their pajamas to school and play games with math while helping other kids their age who are sick. The excitement was shared by every class in Lower School, from Junior Cubs through fifth grade, as students broke a new fundraising record for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during the USJ Math-A-Thon.

“We dedicated the whole day to having fun and doing math and trying to raise as much money as we could,” said Lower School Guidance Counselor Laura Moore.

The fundraising goal was an ambitious $40,000, but when the last math problem was solved, USJ had collected more than $78,000.

“USJ is one of the absolute best schools we work with in the country,” said Chris Carkeet, Associate Director of Youth Development Programs at ALSAC St. Jude. “We’re just so thrilled to see the kids doing what they’re doing to help the kids at St. Jude.”

Carkeet traveled to USJ with a team from St. Jude on February 6 to witness the event. USJ made waves in 2013 by raising more than $66,000 — the most in St. Jude’s Math-A-Thon history at the time. USJ has been one of the top Math-A-Thon donators in the country for the last few years.

“We’re honored to be here,” Carkeet said. “We love USJ, and we love all the kids here. Everybody at St. Jude is just very proud of them. This school forever will hold a place in our hearts. Everybody at St. Jude knows USJ.”

While students worked hard collecting donations and solving math problems, the mission of St. Jude remained a focus. They knew their efforts would benefit children who were stricken with cancer. Moore said the students were impacted by what they learned about St. Jude.

“I think it’s an eye-opening experience for our kids,” Moore said. “It’s important to teach them to care and help others.”

The Math-A-Thon is a fundraiser that the Lower School holds every other year. The theme this year was “Dreaming of a Cure,” and students wore pajamas to relax and have fun.

They also completed a math fun book from St. Jude and several other fun math projects throughout the day. Reading buddies from the higher grades in Lower School helped their younger schoolmates solve problems.

For the first time, students in grades two through five had the option to create their own websites at school to collect donations. These students had their own URL, which could be searched using the student’s first and last name on the USJ Math-A-Thon website.

“Our students worked so hard, and it is such a rewarding experience for them to raise money for such a wonderful cause,” Moore said.

 

Students celebrate Math-A-Thon Success at Sky Zone

Lower School Guidance Counselor Laura Moore rewarded students who raised more than $1,000 during the St. Jude Math-A-Thon with a trip to Sky Zone.


USJ's Laura Moore honored by St. Jude

ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, named Lower School Counselor Laura Moore the Math-A-Thon Coordinator of the Year. Moore was honored at the 2013 Volunteer Awards ceremony in the Memphis Cook Convention Center attended by people from across the country.

Under Moore’s leadership, USJ Lower School students raised $66,057 during the “Dreaming of a Cure” Math-A-Thon in February. It was the largest individual amount in the St. Jude Math-A-Thon’s 35-year history. Moore received the award from Richard Shadyac Jr., CEO of ALSAC, the cancer hospital’s fundraising arm.

“I’m thrilled to be recognized by such an important organization that strives to change the world and save the lives of children,” Moore said. “This award is a testament to the hard work and creative fundraising efforts from our young students at USJ.”

USJ has been a very strong partner that consistently places in the top 10 fundraising schools for the hospital, according to St. Jude.

Questions about the Math-a-Thon?  Email Laura Moore.