Kids Raise Money for St. Jude Hospital

By: Stacy McCloud
By: Stacy McCloud

Briceville, Anderson County (WVLT) - The smallest school in Anderson County is making a big difference in the lives of others, while at the same time, improving students' math skills.

Volunteer TV's Stacy McCloud shows you what these children are doing and how we can help them learn at the same time.

These Briceville Elementary School first graders are hard at work.

Because they know the more they count and color the more money they are raising for St. Jude.

"St. Jude is a hospital where the kids need help and stuff like that where some kids have cancer," says Joshalyn Harmon.

The students learn not only what St. Jude is, but what the money they're raising is used for.

"They have to give them medicine and sometimes children's hairs fall out," Nathan Cox says he's happy to know he's helping the children receive chemotherapy treatments that will soon make them better. "It makes their hair grow back"

The biggest part is finding sponsors, so the students also practice their letter writing skills.

Benny Foster loves football, so he chose his role model, a high school football player, to address his to.

"Dear Kev can you give me all your money," reads Benny.

Organizers say in the 12 years they have participated a total of $15,000 has been raised.

It may not sound like a lot, but for this tiny school of about 100, in which only about 30 participate, it's huge.

"We have children bring in ice cream money, we have children give us their birthday money," says Sharon Templin, Math-A-Thon Coordinator.

In the end, Math-A-Thon is more than a math lesson, it's a life lesson everyone can learn from.

"It would be a lot more pennies if everybody put a penny in," Benny says.

"When you see children give literally what may be all they have in order to help someone it makes you realize," says Templin.

Students in kindergarten all the way through 5th grade participate in Math-A-Thon.

The class raising the most money get's a pizza party! The students have until Friday to turn in their money. If you would like to sponsor a child, call the school at (865)-426-2289.


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