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Miller Elementary Receives STEM + Families Math Night Grant

Joaquin Miller Elementary PTA was one of 35 schools across the country to receive a National PTA 2018-19 STEM + Families Math Night award. The $1000 grant supported Miller’s Family Math Night, held on Wednesday, January 30.

More than 150 people attended Miller’s Family Math Night, which was facilitated by school administration and staff, PTA volunteers and Burbank High School Key Club members.

Families enjoy math games and activities at Miller Elementary Family Math Night. (Photo By Ross Benson)

Students and parents checked in and attended a reception in Miller’s Copeland Courtyard. Each participant received a passport to visit 10 math activities which were held in four classrooms.

“The activities taught different math concepts in a fun way,” explained Miller Principal Judy Hession. “There were two tracks of activities, one for students in grades TK through second, and one for grades three through five.”

BUSD Board Members Steve Frintner and Dr. Roberta Reynolds along with Principal Judy Hession, Sandy Russell, Claudia Knoell, Sean Arthurs. ( Photo by Ross A Benson)

At their own pace, families visited the various activities, led by Mathnasium teaching staff, Miller teachers and BHS Key Club volunteers. All students received a Mathnasium goody bag at the end of the evening.

“Engaging families is a great way to support our students,” commented Miller PTA President Claudia Knoell. “This event succeeded in bringing parents and children together while learning fun math games and activities.”

Special guests included Board of Education President Dr. Roberta Reynolds, school board member Steve Fritner, the National PTA’s Senior Manager of Education Initiatives Sean Arthurs, First District PTA President Sandy Russell, Burbank Council PTA President Carol Briggs and Mathnasium National Initiatives Marketing Manager Kari Keller.

(Photo By Ross Benson)

The National PTA grant program, sponsored by Mathnasium, aims to encourage family involvement in fun math and science activities at the elementary school level, with hopes of young students developing an interest in science, technology, engineering and math.

“It was so wonderful to see so many families participate in the Family Math Night,” said Hession. “Providing our parents and students the opportunity to spend time together and learn fun ways to do math strengthens the partnership between the school and home.”

“Thank you to the National PTA for the grant and to Mathnasium as well as our Miller PTA President, Claudia Knoell, and the wonderful parent and student volunteers for making this fun evening of learning possible.”