Participants Raised $4,806 for Children’s Research Hospital
Bel Air Elementary School recently completed its annual St. Jude Math-a-Thon event, and this year, students raised a total of $4,806.30 for the children’s research hospital. Under the leadership of kindergarten teacher, Ann Burkey, Bel Air has been participating in the St. Jude Math-a-Thon for nine years raising more than $48,000 since 2003. As a result of Bel Air’s outstanding support of this program, St. Jude has designated Bel Air an “Elite School.”
Participation in the Math-a-Thon involves students gathering sponsors and then completing grade-appropriated math projects provided by St. Jude. In addition to sponsorships, students are able to apply for matching funds from community business partners.
More than 100 Bel Air students participated this year. Top fundraisers were as follows: Drake Lechliter, kindergarten; Ally Myers, grade one; Alexis Gaumer and Erica Bennett, grade two; Dakota Wilson and Rylee Rushing, grade three; Justin Tran and Annie Grimm, grade four; and Eliza Jackowski and Megan Lewis, grade five.
Bel Air was named a Maryland Blue Ribbon School of Excellence during the 2010-2011 academic school year. One of the criteria for receiving this award is community involvement and student participation in service-learning activities. Dr. Nancy Grasmick, Maryland State Superintendent of Schools, recognized Bel Air’s involvement with St. Jude during her Tour of Excellence at the school. Additionally, Bel Air was honored by the National Network of Partnership Schools in 2009-2010 with a “Best Practice” award for their participation in the St. Jude Math-a-Thon.
Pictured: (front) Rylee Rushing, Ally Myers, Drake Lechliter, Erica Bennett, Alexis Gaumer; (back) Megan Lewis, Eliza Jackowski, Justin Tran, Annie Grimm, Dakota Wilson