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Students Use Math to Help a Good Cause

Taunton's efforts add up to a good deed

At the one of the things they pride themselves on is not only developing good students but also good leaders as part of their "" program. 

This week the students showed that leadership came come from some of the most unexpected places including their math classes. Taunton joined more than 10 thousand schools across the country taking part in a Math-A-Thon to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. 

The Math-A-Thon program has been going on for more than three decades to help the hospital that works in the treatment and research of things like pediatric cancer and other childhood diseases. 

Cari Kennedy, who coordinated the event for the school said it was important for the students to do what they could to help those in need. "By pledging donations to students participating in Math-A-Thon, Howell Township will be supporting the St. Jude mission of finding cures and saving children across the country and across the world."

Kennedy has a personal connection to the facility as her nephew has a friend who is currently being treated there. Kennedy said there are more than 50 New Jersey residents being treated at the hospital.

Math-A-Thon is a unique opportunity for the students to work on their math skills while also helping others. Kennedy said the students will work with the other coordinators of the program to find the best ways to raise money for St. Judes. They then get a Math-A-Thon "Funbook" with problems for them to solve as part of the program. 

Family and friends can then give donations to the students for their work and that money will be sent to St. Jude's. For more information on how you can help these students check on their website.

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