During their lunch students are getting extra math help. Ethan Dtzler brought some interesting tools to take his algebra test: Pizza, pretzels and chocolate milk. He was struggling with this test and here was a chance to increase his grade. .

Students are Getting Extra Math HelpThe computer room is filling up during the lunch hour. Shania Scott is retaking a portion of her algebra test. She’s having mashed potatoes and gravy with her equations.

“I’m here during lunch period because I want to improve my grade, but can’t come after school,” she said. “I brought my lunch with me because I need to eat. The teachers don’t care if you eat at your computer. They’ve actually encouraged it.”

Aside from the occasional piece of popcorn chicken falling to the floor, the math teachers who oversee Anoka High’s lunch intervention program say the sessions for math students are working fine. The program, which began last year, was offered for students who want to score better or have an academic need to raise their grades but have conflicts after school.

Sophomore Riley Boe­digheimer is on the football, hockey and track teams, so he’s busy practicing immediately after school.

But he showed up for the lunch intervention program because he struggled with a section of an algebra test. With a tray of chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, chocolate chip cookie and chocolate milk at his side, Riley proclaimed, “I’m ready to focus.”

Ninth-grader Brandin Towle admitted, “I’m not that, say, excellent at math. It’s not my strong suit. But I prefer having free time after school. I’d rather hang out with my friends.”

For math teachers like Rachel Frosch and Patrick Pangborn, this is a formula they can gladly live with.

“They’ve proven that they’ve sat in class and it didn’t work for them,” said Pangborn, who has been teaching at the school since 2002. “We’ve found the solution.”

And, in the process, the teachers have also learned a thing or two.

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