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Teacher receives math grant

posted Nov 2, 2017, 3:01 AM by Cheryl Shuffler

By Anna Burkhalter, Patton High School student


Hildebran Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Tracy Poole has received funding through Donors Choose to help her students see that math can be fun. She called her project “Whaty?! Math can be Fun?” and asked for seven different math games and kits. The games and kits totaled $450 and include the games “Fraction City,” “Piece of Cake” and “Xtreme Math Basketball.” While Poole teaches reading and science for her homeroom, she teaches math to all fifth graders at Hildebran and was looking for a way to engage her students in a fun way. Poole said math can be a tough concept for her students, but is a vital part of the curriculum. To engage her students more, Poole uses games to help them grasp the concepts of math, which she hopes will get her students more excited about math, especially during the end-of-the-year review. She said the games will come in handy during the review.

Poole said of Donors Choose, “This is such an easy way to get stuff for your classrooms. I recommend it to everyone that I can. I think the kids are going to love it who need to get more excited about math.” She hopes this will inspire other teachers to do something similar for their students futures.

The principal of Hildebran, Randy Sain, said, “I thought it was great that Mrs. Poole was awarded the grant. The math games she got are very useful in keeping the kids engaged, on task and learning.” Sain hopes the games will find a way to reach the kids through hands-on learning.

Glenn Eckard with Horace Mann was among the donors to Poole “Donors Choose” request. “Donors Choose” is a free, nonprofit website where teachers can receive funding for student resources.