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Teachers and students: Check out the new St. Jude Math-A-Thon video featuring Nickelodeon stars Ariana Grande (Victorious), Nathan Kress (iCarly) and Jennette McCurdy (iCarly). The video features an overview of the St. Jude Math-A-Thon program, along with a look inside St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The video also contains a personal look at the kids of St. Jude, and shows you how you can help them in their fight to overcome childhood cancer and other deadly diseases. Check it out now. Do the math. Help save lives.

Joy Watson honored as 2011 Math-A-Thon Coordinator of the Year

oy Watson honored as 2011 Math-A-Thon Coordinator of the YearSt. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is proud to recognize Joy Watson of Bonsack Elementary School in Roanoke, Virginia, as the 2011 Math-A-Thon Coordinator of the Year. Ms. Watson has coordinated St Jude Math-A-Thon events since 2006.

Her dedication to the program began six years ago, when St. Jude patient Kaylee joined her kindergarten class. Recognizing her new students’ special circumstances, Ms. Watson familiarized herself and her students with the mission and purpose of St. Jude in order to better help Kaylee enjoy her first year of school. Coordinating the Math-A-Thon in Kaylee’s honor seemed the next natural step.  The program has remained inspiring and motivational for Bonsack students and staff even as they’ve watched Kaylee grow and thrive.

Since 1995, Bonsack Elementary has raised more than $172,000 through their annual Math-A-Thon efforts, with $167,000 – including $45,000 this year alone – raised during Ms. Watson’s tenure as coordinator. An active and engaged educator and volunteer, she regularly involves local businesses and groups in Math-A-Thon events, obtaining donations that are then used to motivate her students to raise funds for St. Jude.

St. Jude gratefully acknowledges Ms. Watson and all the Math-A-Thon participants and staff at Bonsack Elementary for their years of hard work. Ms. Watson’s creativity and dedication to St. Jude children make us delighted to honor her with this award.


Numerators team up with Math-A-Thon

Hey kids, the Numerators have teamed up with Math-A-Thon to help the kids of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. But before the Numerators can help the kids, they must first battle the evil robots who want nothing more than to stop them. In order to stop the robots and raise money to help the kids of St. Jude, the Numerators need YOUR help.

The Numerators – Symmetry, Fraction, Octagon and Minus – all have math super powers, so they'll be able to lend you a hand as you solve problems in your Funbook and help the kids of St. Jude.

Symmetry's special skill is the ability to split into two equal halves so she can fight against the robots twice as hard. Fraction is the wild card of the group. She uses her slash to break numbers and robots into smaller portions. As the muscle of the group, Octagon uses his eight-sided shield to keep danger away. The last member of the group, Minus, uses his power of subtraction to shrink himself or his enemies.


Fifth grader rallies Chuck fans to support St. Jude

In 2010, a fourth grader at Bonsack Elementary School in Roanoke, Virginia, was gearing up for the school's annual Math-A-Thon program when she came up with an idea. An avid fan of the television show Chuck, Bailey Browning called on fans of the show to help support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Browning and her mother had been using Twitter to share thoughts on the show with other fans. The Chuck fans enjoyed hearing Bailey's musings and soon Bailey had her own Twitter account (LittleChuckFan).

Even some of the show's cast and crew lent their support. Show writer Allison Adler promoted Bailey's Math-A-Thon event through her social networks, tweeting about the young fan's efforts to support St. Jude. The support from the Chuck show and fans helped Browning raise $5,210 last year. And when Adler left Chuck last year to develop a new show (No Ordinary Family), she named one of the characters in the show Bailey Browning.

Just a few weeks ago, Bonsack Elementary began its 2011 campaign, and Browning kicked off her fundraising efforts by creating a new video asking Chuck fans to again sponsor her in the Math-A-Thon. Yvonne Strahovski, who plays the role of Agent Sarah Walker, helped by using her social networks to encourage Chuck fans to again sponsor Bailey in the Math-A-Thon. Together they were able to raise more than $12,000 for St. Jude.

Browning recently tweeted to her fans: "I am very proud but I certainly had lots of help. 299 donations!!! That was coolest thing I've ever seen happen on Twitter."

Bailey enjoys participating in St. Jude Math-A-Thon every year and said she is "very proud of Chuck fans from all over the world who have donated money to St. Jude."

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