A check for $2,500 raised by Imagine Learning students from across the country was presented to the American Red Cross of Hawaii on Tuesday, June 19 at the American Red Cross main location in Honolulu, Hawaii. The funds were earned and donated to help with the devastation from the Kilauea volcano eruption last month. Imagine Learning Area Partnership Manager for the state of Hawaii, Nikie Torio, presented the check to American Red Cross of Hawaii CEO, Coralie Chun Matayoshi, and Chief Development Officer, Dave Washburn.
Students from across the nation completed lessons on Imagine Math, a math-focused digital education program created by Utah-based EdTech company Imagine Learning, earning points on the program that can be turned into actual dollars to donate to charity. When Imagine Math students heard about the opportunity to donate their earned points to the volcano relief efforts in Hawaii, they completed enough Imagine Math lessons in twenty-four hours to raise and donate $2500 for the American Red Cross Hawaii Relief Fund.
“We are incredibly grateful for the generosity of Imagine Learning and their wonderful contribution to our humanitarian relief effort here in Hawaii,” said Matayoshi. At last report, 2,800 residents have lost their homes as lava continues to spread through communities near Hilo, Hawaii.
“We are so proud of the students who have participated in this endeavor to help Hawaii relief,” said Lisa Wise, manager of motivation at Imagine Learning. During the donation period, students solved more than 400,000 math problems and donated over 12.5 million earned math points, which translates to $2,500 for Hawaii volcano relief. This donation is a part of Imagine Learning's charitable giving program, which has raised over $550,000 for local and national charities since its inception in 2007.
During the 2017–2018 school year, Imagine Math students completed over three million math problems and donated over sixty-five million math points to the Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, California Wildfire, and now the Hawaii Relief funds.