Westside schools:
Fair a success; Math-a-Thon starts

       An estimated 300 people attended the Ivywild Elementary community fair Labor Day, Sept. 3.
       “Some people came because of the agencies, but the biggest draw was the fun stuff for the kids,” said Marilyn Eggleston, the school's community liaison.
       The idea of the event was to help tighten Ivywild's relations with the surrounding neighborhood and its students. The school had a Labor Day open house barbecue the previous three years, attracting close to 200 people each time; this year various children's events and booths by close to 10 social or community agencies were added.
       The Westside community of Colorado Springs can help save lives by sponsoring students in Math-A-Thon, which benefits St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
       Organized by Whittier Elementary's Student Council, Math-A-Thon will begin Friday, Sept. 7 with an assembly at the school. By sponsoring event participants, people can help raise funds for St. Jude in its ongoing fight against childhood catastrophic diseases.
       “Our goal for holding the Math-A-Thon is twofold,” said Terri Adams, event coordinator. “We are helping children of the world who are stricken with diseases like cancer, AIDS, sickle cell disease and other terrible illnesses. Also, the program is an entertaining way for students to review standard math skills, including problem- solving and critical thinking. In addition, the students learn social awareness and volunteerism,”
       To make a Math-A-Thon donation, contact Adams at 328-4955 or email adamstj@d11.org. For more information, go to www.mathathon.org.

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