St. Jude Math-A-Thon

Another Successful Math-A-Thon Complete

Every other year, students in the Lower School at USJ raise funds for patients at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with a Math-A-Thon campaign. In recent years, USJ has been one of the top donors in the nation, even breaking the all-time Math-A-Thon fundraising record in 2015. USJ continues its tradition of fundraising excellence in 2017—totaling $72,304 in donations. Grade-level winners were given a dress-down day and a free recess, and all students who raised over $1,000 will receive a trip to Skyzone.

Students were excited and ready to begin on February 15 when guests from ALSAC—the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude—joined them for the official Math-A-Thon kickoff. From that time until the final event on March 6, students in Jr. Cubs - 5th grade collected donations in person and online through personalized websites they were allowed to create at school.

This year’s theme, “Dreaming of a Cure,” teaches students that anyone can make a difference and that a combination of big dreams and hard work makes anything possible: even finding the cure for cancer.

‘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 $73,586.

“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.