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Mathmobile brings math to local students

 

August 8, 2018 | View PDF

Christopher Andersson

Jonathan Hill, right, talks with Connie Holsworth, a para-educator from the Arlington School District, about a dice game during the district's Mathmobile program on July 30.

Arlington School District's Mathmobile is coming to students across the town to provide some math games every Monday.

The district has had a Books on the Bus bookmobile program for three years, but this is the first year that they have provided a math-based program.

The bus offers a number of activities which students can play with Arlington School District employees.

"The goal is to get out and reach as many students as possible and bring learning to them," said Terri Bookey, director of early learning for the district.

"We truly believe in the importance of the summer academics to keep them going and avoid that summer slump," she said.

Students typically lose some of the progress they make in the school year throughout the summer, said Bookey, and keeping their minds active helps prevent that.

Local parent Jessica Hill said she brought her sons to the program so they would get some mental work during their break.

"It's math and it's the summer, and they don't get it right now," said Hill. "It helps keep their minds active."

Students who come out for the Mathmobile get separated by age group and play a math-game or activity.

That could be experimenting with shape tiles or playing with a dice game to learn probability, among other options.

"We realize that this is summer break so we want to do this in a way that is more exciting and engaging to students, so it's all very play-based," said Bookey.

A bus program that goes out to the students is less expensive for the district than a program centralized at a school, said Bookey.

"Instead of busing hundreds of kids to a school, we can go out to them," she said.

It's also fairer for those students who would have trouble making it to a school-based program.

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Tyler Hill considers where he is going to place a tile at the Arlington School District's Mathmobile program on July 30.

"We can go out to students who may not have a parent that can get them to a summer program," said Bookey.

Bookey said that the program has been well-attended so far.

"Attendance is dwindling a little bit now that we're in the thick of summer and we're getting that hot, hot weather, but we've seen about 100 students every Monday so far," she said.

She expects the program will return next year, and this year the program continues until Aug. 20.

"We have a couple more Mondays of it and I encourage families to come out and give it a try," said Bookey.

On Mondays the bus will be at the Presidents Elementary parking lot from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., at the Timbers Apartments from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and at the Mobile Estates off of 67th Avenue from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

 

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