Students have fun while learning math at Blue Ridge Math Night

By Melanie Lynch

neighborhoods@columbiamissourian.com

Blue Ridge Elementary held its second annual Math Night on Tuesday as a opportunity for parents and students to learn math together.

Math Night is one of the school’s biggest events of the year, said Jill Edwards, a second grade teacher and one of the event’s coordinators. Edwards said over 200 people attended Math Night.

“It’s always a good turnout,” said Sarah Echternach, who brought her two daughters, second-grader Jaylie, 8, and fifth-grader Jeramie, 11, to the event.

Fifth grade teacher Ally Pennington, the other event coordinator, said she enjoys watching students learn about math and have fun doing it.

“It’s so fun seeing kids giggling about math,” Pennington said.

Several of the classrooms were set up with different games aimed at enhancing students’ math skills. Edwards said many of the games were better than last year, as they were more challenging for the students. The winners of these games were given a ticket to put into a door prize drawing. Every 15 minutes throughout the event, Principal Tim Majerus announced the winners over the PA system.

The games the parents and students played together Tuesday were meant to show parents what their children are learning in school. The games could be used at home to involve parents in their students’ learning, Pennington said.

Jeramie Echternach wished she could have continued playing the math games.

“It’s too short,” she said as the event was about to come to a close.

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