Far from boring or frustrating kids, a math club builds excitement in students by keeping them engaged in challenges and teamwork.
The math club at Pine Lakes Middle School has doubled in size over the ast year. 73 students pay $45 a year in dues to join the club, which meets after school. Club members participate in skill building exercises and extracurricular competitions
“What we’ve tried to tell the kids is it’s about coming to have fun doing math — do your best, don’t worry about trying to win,” said coach Jennifer Widden, a former elementary school teacher who has a daughter attending Pine Lake
Previously, the club had been paid for by the school’s Associated Student Body, which covered all fees, but was restricted to 32 members. Only the top scorers on an entrance exam were accepted.
“If you didn’t make the cut, you weren’t on the team,” said coach Mari O’Neil. “There were some kids who are in the club now, who were doing really well, who did not make the team that year.”
“When we took over as coaches, we talked about it and we said, ‘This is a math club. Everybody should be able to come,’” Widden added.