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.