Lincoln Elementary School Raises $3,931 for St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Honor of Kallie Swan

Lincoln Elementary School recently raised $3,931 for St. Jude Children’s Hospital through their annual Math-a-Thon. The school has raised an amazing $42,195.78 over the past 10 years for St. Jude Hospital. The Math-a-Thon began at Lincoln School ten years ago by retired teacher Eric Bolling. This year, the school dedicated their donation in honor of Kallie Swan.

“Kallie’s passing touched everyone in this community,” said Lincoln Elementary School teacher Mary Cook, who also coordinated the Math-a-Thon. “We want Kallie’s parents to be comforted in knowing that St. Jude Children’s Hospital is doing everything possible to put an end to childhood cancer. Perhaps, in the future, other families won’t have to go through what the Swan family has endured.”

Students collected pledges based on the number of problems they completed during the Math-a-Thon. Students who collected the most money were awarded prizes. Some of the students chose to donate their prizes back to St. Jude Hospital to give to the patients.

“It is important for us to help the kids that have cancer now so that we learn to give back. Maybe by doing this, one of us will start a foundation to help kids too,” said Lincoln Elementary School fourth grader, Evan Sharpe, who raised $340 and donated his prize back to St Jude Children’s Hospital. Evan has participated in the Math-a-Thon since he was a kindergarten student raising over $1,000.

“Personally, I think it is important to nurture the students to become sympathetic and empathetic to others who are in need,” said Mrs. Cook. “Kids who grow up helping a worthy cause will become adults who donate to charities such as The United Way and the American Cancer Society.”

posted on 06/30/2015 - filed under: Community, Elementary School, Spotlight, Staff, Students