District Five students impress at Math Matters Auction

IRMO, SC - Students from Lexington-Richland School District Five showed off their impressive creations at the Math Matters Clock Show and Silent Auction held at The Center for Advanced Technical Studies (The Center). About 160 students who participate in the district’s Math Matters program constructed hand-made clocks, toolboxes and stained glass artwork for the auction.

“Math Matters was a program created six years ago to help students accelerate their math skills,” said District Five Coordinator of Mathematics Colleen Boissinot. “Schools select students to be in this program and it is incorporated into part of their school day. We look to grow these students into mathematicians and really increase their confidence by doing real world projects that require hands-on and engage them to help them feel more comfortable in math and enjoy it.”

The Clock Auction in its sixth year and is an ongoing partnership through District Five, the Mechanical Contractors Association of South Carolina and the District Five Foundation. Proud parents, teachers and administrators poured through the doors at The Center to browse and bid on the different pieces of artwork. All proceeds from the auction go to the District Five Foundation, which raises money to make advanced learning experiences a reality for students and teachers in the district.

“This is a great way to celebrate our students in the Math Matters program,” Boissinot said. “This auction has been a really special night for our students because it gives them all an opportunity to showcase their skills, and in doing so they are giving back to the community because all the money raised goes straight back in the District Five Foundation.”

District Five Chief Instructional Officer Dr. Christina Melton served as the emcee of the event and was so proud of all the students that participated. “It’s a chilled experience for me because our teachers have taken such ownership of these programs and every year we change it based on their observations and what the children need,” Melton said. “To hear that we are changing perceptions and attitudes of students, it means that we are reaching them. This is not just affecting their math achievement for this year, it is affecting their math attitudes for the rest of their lives. I am so proud of the life-changing experience that is happening here with the Math Matters program.”

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