It all adds up: School helps students, parents with math


Margaret R. Brown Elementary School conducted a Family Math Night on Oct. 4 to help students and their parents learn fun ways to practice math at home.

Around a dozen students in kindergarten through second grade attended with their parents and got to take free math games and materials home with them to play and learn together.

Literacy coach Bridget Longmeier led the program, explaining how to play the simple counting and addition games, and then families could spend time playing.

Longmeier said students often need to practice their math facts and games to help them remember better.

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Using dice and Skittles candy, the students could play a Yahtzee-like game or could build numbers through a 10-frame game.

The event was funded through Title I, which is a federally funded program to provide extra instructional services and learning opportunities for students.

In the past, in order to receive Title I services, students had to be from a low-income household or be at risk of falling behind for other reasons, such as a language barrier or special education needs.

The school’s Title I status has changed, however, from targeted assistance to school-wide, meaning the programs and services are available to all students at Brown.

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