Math skills add up to big Red Cross check |

Math skills add up to big Red Cross check

Scott N. Miller
NWS Abby Brown PU 12-16

VAIL – Abby Brown is good at math. That’s good news for the American Red Cross’ Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.Brown, a second grader at Red Sandstone Elementary School, answered almost 100 addition problems in five minutes on Nov. 18. Her performance raised $545 for the Red Cross and its continuing job of helping victims of Hurricane Katrina.All the kids at Red Sandstone took math tests Nov. 18, raising $5,980 for hurricane relief.The Red Sandstone students raised the money by getting people to pledge money for every question they got right on their tests that day. Some pledged pennies. Three of the people who signed Brown’s pledge sheet promised to pay $1 for every question she got right.

“They sure paid up,” Brown said.The grand total was a pleasant surprise for everyone.”We were really proud of her, especially when we figured out how much she’d raised,” Brown’s mom, Vicki, said. “I think a lot of people were going to give anyway,” teacher Laurine Megda-Davis said. “This was a chance for them to give, and we were doing the math.”When the tests were scored and the pledges were collected, Chuck Kornman of the Grand Junction Red Cross office came to pick up the check. He also talked to the kids about the work the Red Cross does.

“I can’t begin to describe the awfulness there in Louisiana,” said Kornman, who has been a volunteer at dozens of disaster areas. The kids listened as Kornman talked about what he loaded his vest pockets with every day – sanitary hand wipes, matches and a flashlight. “You want to come back with your pockets empty every day,” he said. All the volunteers’ work adds up to one thing, he said.”The biggest thing we give is hope.”

The kids at Red Sandstone have helped buy another $6,000 worth of hope.Staff Writer Scott N. Miller can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14624, or Daily, Vail Colorado

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