Holy Family students raise $10K for St. Jude’s children’s hospital

For Holy Family Catholic School students, solving math problems added up to more than $10,000 in donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

Kindergarten through eighth-grade students at the Grand Junction private school participated in the St. Jude’s Math-a-thon in February and March. The fundraiser asks students to solve a list of age-appropriate math problems on St. Jude’s website or in a booklet. Friends and family members pledge donations to St. Jude’s if a student completes all of the problems on the site or in the booklet.

Holy Family second-grade teacher Suzanne Larkowski, who coordinates Math-a-thon each year at the school, has collected a majority of the donation checks for St. Jude’s, and they add up to more than $10,000. She said a few checks are still to come, and the final donation tally likely will be close to $11,000.

Larkowski said the school has participated in Math-a-thon for about a decade and raised $10,000 in 2009 and in 2010. The 2011 tally was closer to $9,000.

Larkowski said students get excited about the fundraiser each year and watch a video that shows how St. Jude’s helps children who are sick and may not be able to pay for the care they need.

“It helps the kids know what the money does to help them. They’re real excited to start their math and collect the money for the kids” each year, Larkowski said.


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