Thanks to the generosity and math skills of students at Lott Middle School, some needy families got a little help over the holiday season.
Lott Middle and Imagine Learning presented a check for $500 to the Alabama Food Bank Association in December as a result of the students’ hard work in an educational and philanthropy program called Imagine Math.
The program, developed by Imagine Learning, gives students “Think Points” for completion of various math lessons, and the students can then convert those points into a donation for a charity. Lott was the top point contributor in the state, said Christy Saunders of Imagine Learning.
“It feels amazing to know that you helped someone else by doing something like a math problem,” said Lott student Slaton Carter, one of the school’s top point producers in the program. “You can either spend points on an avatar and customize it, or you can give to charity. I decided to give to charity. … This actually helps someone in the community.”
Lott Principal Jason Golden, whose school has participated in the Imagine Math program for four years, said it not only provides extra incentive for students to do their math lessons, it helps improve their performance by providing individualized pathways that allow students to get extra help in areas in which they may be struggling.
“It has helped our school-wide scores – the math scores go up each year – so the program works. And we’re happy to give back to the local community,” he said. “It shows that our school-wide motto of being positive, being on time to be successful, is working here at Lott, and our students want to be positive in the community, to give back to local charities. I’m very proud of our students.”
The Alabama Food Bank Association represents all eight food banks in the state. Kim Lawkis, Director of Policy & Programs for the association, said the $500 would provide about 250 meals for needy children in the state.
“We were so excited when we found out the Lott Middle School math team had given their points to us to use toward helping end child hunger in Alabama,” Lawkis said. “It’s amazing. In a world where kids are so focused on themselves sometimes with social media, this is taking them outside themselves, showing them how to give back to their community and how to be part of a bigger purpose. We’re really grateful to be on the receiving end of that.”