St. Thomas the Apostle took its yearly fundraiser around the world in its Math-a-Ment-a-Movathon.
The event invited students to travel throughout the school on teams and visit various stations named after a country. At each country, students participated in unique activities related to mathematical thinking, mental wellness or physical literacy.
"This year's fundraiser was created to align with our School Improvement Plan goals," said Principal Dean Younger.
"This was a collective vision. We as a staff began the year in shared commitment while drafting the school improvement plan for student achievement. Anchoring our work in research, we embraced the inextricable link between mathematical thinking and physical literacy. Underpinning everything was our continued focus on wellness for all. Math-a-Ment-a-Movathon encapsulates our work and provides students with a tangible symbol of our collaborative objectives this year."
In addition, the fundraiser also supported many of the Health Action Team's initiatives including the current "Get Caught Getting Active" campaign.
Each student was given a passport which they used to visit different countries around the school.
Responsible for the travel schedule and the creation of activities were Principal Intern Alisha Caiella and teacher Michael Stechey. Together they acted as "tour guides" as students explored 11 different stations. These included: Italy for math soccer, Iceland for hydration, Netherlands for jump rope, the United States of America for Battleship, Sweden for Lego, the United Arab Emirates for spheroball coding, India for Yoga, Japan for Sudoku, Canada for Jeopardy, China for checkers and chess, and Switzerland for GoNoodle.
For some students, having such a variety of unique activities gave them the opportunity to try something new and spark some interest.
To encourage participation, students collected pledges on behalf of the school's fundraiser. All collected donations will be used to fund additional books for independent reading at home as well as charging stations with 10 iPads to be shared amongst all grades.
Last year St. Thomas the Apostle was recognized as a Microsoft Showcase School for using digital technology to enhance classroom teachings. The success of the fundraiser will allow the school to continue to advance technology driven opportunities for its students. Great job, St. Thomas the Apostle!