Pennsylvania Imagine Math Students Donate Thousands to Central Pennsylvania Food Bank

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Last fall Pennsylvania students solved more than 7.1 million math problems, converting earned math points to $2,500 for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.

This donation will provide more than 15,000 meals to families and children facing hunger in the 27 counties we serve in Pennsylvania.

Imagine Learning, developer of the award-winning Imagine Language & Literacy and Imagine Math digital curriculum, announced today that students across the state of Pennsylvania have raised $2,500 for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank during the Do Math! Pay It Forward contest.

Imagine Math is a vehicle allowing students across the state to increase their math understanding while making the conscious decision to give to charity. Last fall Pennsylvania students worked on Imagine Math lessons and earned a type of currency called THINK points. Students chose how to spend their points with options ranging from dressing avatars, contributing to class goals, or donating to a charity.

During the donation period, students solved more than 7.1 million math problems and donated more than 25 million earned math points. These points translate to $2,500 for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. For every dollar donated, six meals will be provided to local families in need. This donation is a part of Imagine Learning's charitable giving program, which has raised more than $550,000 for local and national charities since its inception.

The Do Math! Pay It Forward celebration event will take place Wednesday, February 21, at Julia Reynolds Masterman Laboratory & Demonstration School. Julia Masterman was the school with the highest percentage of math lessons passed during the fall contest and has been named the Do Math! Pay It Forward Representative School for the entire state of Pennsylvania.

“The amount of math work that translated into direct dollars to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank is amazing. We are extremely grateful for the support of Imagine Learning’s Do Math! Pay It Forward contest and would like to thank students across the state of Pennsylvania for their selfless giving,” said Joe Arthur, Executive Director of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. “This donation will provide more than 15,000 meals to families and children facing hunger in the 27 counties we serve in Pennsylvania.”

Studies show that providing kids the option to donate points to charity, instead of redeeming rewards for themselves, develops decision-making skills, boosts confidence, and lays the groundwork for a lifetime of philanthropic thinking and practice.

"Pennsylvania Imagine Math students opened up their hearts to help their community," said Lisa Wise, manager of motivation at Imagine Learning. "We are so proud of those students who have participated in this endeavor to help feed hungry families in Central and Eastern Pennsylvania. Math students across the state of Pennsylvania have embraced the charitable giving program throughout the years and turned their hard work into an act of giving and kindness.”

About Imagine Learning

Imagine Learning delivers award-winning language, literacy, and mathematics solutions for K–12 students, revolutionizing the way kids learn. Students and teachers love Imagine Language & Literacy, Imagine Español, Imagine Math Facts, and Imagine Math because they are research-based, data driven, instructionally differentiated, and incredibly fun to use. The Imagine Learning family is dedicated to changing lives and opening doors of opportunity for kids.

About Central Pennsylvania Food Bank

The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to reduce hunger in 27 counties across Pennsylvania. By working with more than 1,000 local agencies and partner programs, the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank serves nearly 150,000 people in need every month. For more information on the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and its mission to reduce hunger in Pennsylvania, visit centralpafoodbank.org or call 717.564.1700.

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