Williams Heights’ students in Mrs. Shepard’s WINGS classes have a special place in their hearts for the children at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Their passion for raising money hit home with a direct connection to Mrs. Sarah Tatum, a teacher at Williams Heights, and her son Camp, who recently battled cancer. The students worked diligently throughout the fall of this school year doing higher-level math problems in ‘Funbooks’ as part of St. Jude’s Math-A-Thon. This wonderful program introduces the importance of helping others. It shows students they have the power to make a difference in the life of another child, while at the same time developing math skills and earning prizes. Prizes were won for various amounts of money raised, however, the biggest prize was seeing the smiles on their faces learning that $625.00 was raised for the children at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
The participants were given the freedom to work online or in person when asking for donations for working math problems. “The challenge allowed the students to volunteer time, energy, and compassion to the real-world issue of childhood cancer, while demonstrating selfless acts of love for others,” said Shepard.” The students are looking forward to next year’s Math-A-Thon so that they can double the amount of money raised to help put a stop to childhood cancer!
Students in photo:
Front Row, Left to Right: Lily P., Santiago C., Maddux G., & Wes J.
Back Row, Left to Right: Cash C. and Keaton H.