Dunkirk School 7 helps St. Jude Research Hospital

School No. 7 in Dunkirk has finished another successful Mathathon.

“The children love to help St. Jude in their fight against childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases,” Principal Michele Heenan said.

This has become a whole school event at School No. 7, with extra events and SUNY Fredonia helping out as well. Coordinator Kim Murphy reported that the school has contributed more than $18,000 toward this cause since 2004. St. Jude has played a pivotal role in pushing U.S. pediatric cancer survival rates from 20 to 80 percent overall. School No. 7 is proud to say that they have contributed to that success.

No family ever pays St. Jude for the care their child receives and, for every child treated there, thousands more have been saved worldwide through St. Jude discoveries. It costs $1.8 million to operate the hospital daily. This year, School No. 7 contributed $2,749.90 to help fight cancer. This helped pay for oxygen and chemotherapy for children fighting cancer.

Students were challenged to participate in the Mathathon early in February. Many students returned their permission notes, received their Mathathon booklets, and began to do the math. After finishing their math booklets, they asked parents, grandparents, and other relatives to sponsor them in their cause to help St. Jude. Now, these children are not only helping the children of St. Jude; they are learning to care about other people.

During the Mathathon event, there were also two school-wide fundraising events: “Dress Up for Valentine’s Day” and “Presidential Pin Drop.” These two events contributed significantly to the overall fundraising efforts. Walmart, the Conservation Club and the Kosciuszko Club also contributed generously to this cause. School No. 7 expresses its gratitude to these community organizations for their donations.

A party was recently held to celebrate the children who took part in the Mathathon. Each year, the child who brings in the most money is honored by having his or her name placed on a plaque which hangs in the hallway for everyone to see. This year, that child is Zachary Taber, a kindergartner who raised $320 for St. Jude’s. Other noteworthy fundraisers were Meghan Lancaster ($130), Nicholas Thompson ($205), Jaysen Kirk ($125) and Lucas Zielinski ($231).

Plans are already under way for next year’s Mathathon.