Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

Education

January 28, 2010

Added to math: Survivor challenges

Parents cook up reality-TV-themed offering

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Schools have science fairs and art shows, but never events centered around math, said Patel.

"We wanted to put an emphasis on math, and make it not such a frightening thought. We wanted to bring in something that made math fun and more approachable," said Patel.

As the idea got rolling, teams of parents and teachers created age-specific math challenges for each classroom. Finding parent volunteers was not a problem, said Patel.

"We at Sanborn are a really strong and tight community," she said. "Parents are eager to help out."

Barrett agreed, noting that some moms and dads took a day off from work to help with Math Survivor.

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