The Idaho Foodbank was proud to be the recipient of $338 raised and donated by students at Boise’s Collister Elementary School.
The students were the Idaho winners of Apangea’s State Showdown math competition held in February between schools in Idaho and Indiana. They earned points for completing math problems. Rather than buy prizes with their points, they chose to donate them to the Foodbank’s Backpack Program, the Idaho Meth Project and the YMCA Strong Kids program.
The $338 will provide a hungry child with a backpack filled with food for more than 54 weekends.
Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna, Boise District Superintendent Don Coberly and officials from Apangea visited Collister on Wednesday, March 21, to recognize Idaho students for using math to raise money for good causes.
Apangea, a web-based supplemental math program, is part of the Idaho Math Initiative. It allows Idaho students to work on complex math problems before school, after school and in the classroom. They earn points for solving problems and can use the points for prizes or to make contributions to Idaho nonprofit organizations.
Westville Middle-High School (in northwest Indiana) won the two-state competition, but Frank Robinson’s fourth-grade class at Collister finished first in Idaho. The gifted-and-talented class solved 6,821 problems in fewer than 30 days, which topped 5,000 other Idaho classrooms in grades 3-8.
Idaho students donated more than $1,200 to the three nonprofits. This equaled more than 6,265,000 points donated or about 3,699 hours of math work.