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Mindcore Marathon Raises Money For School

March 29, 2011, 5:01 PM by David Brown

Mindcore Marathon Raises Money For School
SIOUX FALLS, SD - Schools across KELOLAND will have to tighten their purse strings over the next year. But some Sioux Falls elementary students are using their brains to help ease the budget gap.

There's a big test at Robert Frost Elementary School.  But it's one these students are more than happy to take.

"All last night, my brain was just like a machine," fifth-grade student Jaron Sagmoe said.

This exam doesn't count for a grade in the classroom, but it will make a difference for the school. The second annual Mindcore Marathon fundraiser tests K-5 students on a variety of topics. For four weeks, students have been studying and gathering pledge money based on how well they do on the test.

"The purpose of it is the students are given questions and it's things they need to know in their classroom grade levels," Belva Kurtz with Robert Frost Elementary School said. "And it's just a helpful reminder for them."

Last year's Mindcore Marathon paid for a rock-climbing wall. And this year, they hope to add even more to it.

"We're going to do accessories for the rock climbing wall this year, along with listening centers," Kurtz said. "We always have what we'd like the money to go for before we actually start collecting money."

Regardless of the actual test scores, you don't have to be smarter than a fifth grader to know students appreciate the opportunity to exercise their minds and help their school.

"Some people are always saying, 'I want to make a difference. I want to make a difference,' but they never actually get the chance," fifth grader Katrina Kramer said. "This is the chance you can help out some people just by how much you know."

And that knowledge will keep education funding rock solid.

Kurtz says she got the idea for the Mindcore Marathon after seeing it done at other schools.  Final pledges will be tallied by April 7.
3rd Grade Mindcore Marathon Questions.pdf

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