Children helping children receive recognition

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)- A group of very special students were recognized for working hard to help other kids.

The Jonesboro Math and Science school held an assembly in an honor of seventy-nine of their students.

These kids raised over three thousand dollars for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital during the recent Math-A-Thon fundraiser.

The Math-A-Thon allows students to practice essential math skills while they raise money for kids battling cancer.

Teachers serve as volunteer coordinators for the Math-A-Thon at their school.

The students solve math problems in a printed or online Funbook and then ask family and friends for donations in support of the Math-A-Thon.

Today, they received a certificate and t-shirt for all their hard work.

Assistant Principal Cindy Miles says the students learned a valuable lesson from the experience.

"We felt like it was important for them to help raise money for St. Jude not only for the children that they don't know, but the children that they do know. We wanted them to have an intrinsic value of helping others."

The students agreed with teachers and said it was something they were looking forward to doing.

Fifth grader Zach Charette was one of the top four students for the highest amount of money raised, "Well, I thought about all these kids in Memphis who were having problems and having cancer and I just wanted to help them and make sure they could have a good life because I know a bunch of them are real small and haven't had much experience living in life."

The Math-A-Thon is in it's thirtieth year and is one of America's largest education-based fundraiser's.

More than 10 thousand schools across the country participate in the Math-A-Thon fundraiser.

St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatments not covered by insurance.

For more information about St. Jude and how you can help go to their website.

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