Mountainside students

SCHROON LAKE - For the first time ever, Mountainside Christian Academy held a math fair in order for the students to display various projects requiring mathematical skills that they have been working on for the past few weeks.

Students in grades 5 - 12 have been participating in a math marathon for the past six weeks. Each student was required to obtain a total of at least three sponsors who pledged to donate money per math problem the student completed correctly.

All proceeds were collected with the goal of launching at least one farm for a needy family in a foreign country through Food for the Hungry Ministry.

One display showed the students' accomplishments and provided more information about the Food for the Hungry Ministry through a short video clip.

About $170 was raised, and two farms were launched as a result of the student work.

Students in kindergarten to second grade had the opportunity to be waiters and waitresses in their very own Caf BOGO. Their newly acquired money counting skills were put to use by selling beverages and baked goods. Proceeds went toward school supplies for children in an impoverished nation through the Food for the Hungry Ministry. They raised $300 for the purchase of books, desks, uniforms and tuition for two needy students.

A colored shape was given to each math class, and put along the floor as a trail to follow in a "Hansel and Gretel" pattern. Each guest was given a piece of paper to be stamped at every station he or she attended. At the end of the night, each completed stamp sheet was put into a drawing for a prize.

At 7:30 all attendees gathered in the gymnasium for story time. Students took turns reading from a book, If You Hopped Like a Frog, which was posted on the overhead projector. The book compared human characteristics to animals and hypothetically explained one's senses and abilities according to scale.

In addition to viewing the projects completed by the students, there were also activities for guests to participate in, including building a tangram, completing a sudoku puzzle and guessing the number of gumballs in a jar.

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