Students from across the country raised $5,000 for the American Red Cross Hurricane Michael Relief Fund by completing Imagine Math lessons, earning points in the program, and donating their points in the form of cash. A check for the $5,000 was presented on Friday, November 16 to Sharon Tyler, Executive Director of the American Red Cross of Tallahassee, by Imagine Learning representatives.
Imagine Math, an award-winning digital math program developed by EdTech company Imagine Learning, gives students the option to donate points earned by completing math lessons toward charitable causes such as the American Red Cross Hurricane Michael Fund. Students donated enough Imagine Math points to raise the money in just three days after hearing about the funding opportunity. During the donation period, students that utilize the Imagine Math program solved 535,000 math problems and donated over 12.5 million earned math points which translates to $5,000 for Hurricane Michael relief.
“Imagine Math students across the nation have continually opened up their hearts to help communities in need," said Lisa Wise, Manager of Motivation at Imagine Learning. "Since the start of the school year, Imagine Math students have solved over one million math problems and donated over twenty-five million math points to Hurricane Florence and now to Hurricane Michael. We are so proud of those students who have participated in this endeavor, but also the thousands of students who have embraced the charitable giving program throughout the years and turned their hard work into an act of giving.”
Photo: (l-r) Deb Myer (Imagine Learning), Mary Nelson (Imagine Learning), Sharon Tyler (American Red Cross-Tallahassee), Lisa Wise (Imagine Learning), Alice Bennett (Imagine Learning)
Wise traveled to Tallahassee to present the check and noted the continued clean-up and rebuilding efforts. “The devastation that occurred here in Panama City and Tallahassee is still being felt,” Wise noted. “Some families just had their electricity put back on this past week. It's been six weeks since the hurricane hit and there are still people living in tents. It's going to take this community a long time to heal. I hope our small donation can help in a big way.”
Tucker, an elementary student from Texas, was the top Imagine Math point donor to the Hurricane Michael Relief Fund. “I watched the news with my mom and saw how much disaster [a hurricane] can cause,” explained Tucker. “I wanted to help the people. I felt happy [donating my points] because I’m helping other people in need.”
Tucker found out about the hurricane relief fund from his teacher, Ms. TenEyck. “I have used Imagine Math for several years now and the charities have been something I have always encouraged my students to donate to,” she explained. “Imagine Math is one of my favorite resources to use with my students. It supports their individual needs and provides me with data that I can use to help them become stronger math students. I love that there is motivation built right into the program.”
“Students helping students is very special and something we encourage with our Imagine Learning programs,” shared Mary Nelson, Area Partnership Manager for Imagine Learning who serves the northern Florida area greatly affected by Hurricane Michael. “The support received is going to be particularly meaningful to the students impacted by Hurricane Michael; many of these students are themselves Imagine Math users and have generously given to others in the past.”
This donation is a part of Imagine Learning's charitable giving program, which has raised over $560,000 for local and national charities since its inception. Recently, Imagine Nation students raised money to donate toward Hurricane Florence relief efforts. And last 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 Hawaii Relief funds.
To learn more, visit the Imagine Math information page.