New initiative providing math books for students

The Inter-Mountain photo by Haley Gordon Randolph County Schools Math Specialist Tammy Tucker spoke to the Elkins Rotary Club Monday.

ELKINS — Representatives of Randolph County Schools made a presentation to the Elkins Rotary Club Monday to demonstrate the importance of math in schools.

Math Specialist Tammy Tucker spoke to Rotarians about new programs in place within the school system that promote geometry, and math in general, in all the county schools.

The state decided last year to stress math in schools, giving Randolph County a $90,000 grant focused on engaging families in the way students learn geometry, Tucker said.

Using that money, Randolph County Schools provided geometry prep bags to all elementary school students in the county. These bags included books and tools to promote learning, and many of the supplies were purchased directly from Randolph County.

“This took a lot of effort, a lot of community support,” said Tucker. Many resources have been pooled to teach both students and parents about math skills, she added.

In addition to the geometry prep bags, many books have been purchased for both students and parents. The students can practice in workbooks and read helpful guides while parents have a book that helps them teach the concepts that their children are learning.

“We want kids thinking about math everywhere,” Tucker told the Rotarians, adding this is why this initiative has not only given students these books, but placed them in businesses and doctors’ offices around the county as well.

Despite the fact that Randolph County Schools only started these programs in March, geometry growth has been reported at a higher rate than other school systems, Tucker said.

“Randolph County Schools will promote a culture of learning and mathematics both within our schools and inside our community,” is the new vision for teachers in Randolph County regarding the project, officials said.

The next meeting of the Elkins Rotary Club, set for Monday, Sept. 16, will focus on the Mountain State Forest Festival.