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Funds for Japan Add Up at Norwalk Math Bee

Third-graders at Wolfpit Elementary School presented a whopping $1,500 to the Red Cross Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami fund Monday afternoon. “This is a very large donation for just two classrooms,” said Dana Ross, Red Cross youth coordinator who picked up the check at the Norwalk school.

Mia Lanzarato asked everyone in her neighborhood to sponsor her in a Math Bee to raise money to help the victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. "The money is for people in Japan so they can get what they need,” says Mia, who raised $200.

Third-grade teacher Danielle D’Andrea said it was a student-driven project. “The tsunami happened on a school day. We watched the headlines about it streaming on our Smartboard. The kids saw people losing their homes and decided they wanted to do something.”

The kids and teachers came up with the idea of a Math Bee that tested their addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills. For each question a student got right, their sponsor would pay a certain amount. Some sponsors made a flat donation.

Ross says the need for help in Japan is ongoing. “The funds are being used to help people with the basics like food and blankets. It is also helping to rebuild medical facilities.”

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