The hunt was on for answers as Miller Elementary School hosted its second annual Math Scavenger Hunt.

Lynette Schwartz, a Title 1 teacher at Miller, said the event is designed to promote math and family. She said about 30 families joined the hunt last year.

“(We) do it to promote family involvement,” she said. “This would be a perfect family involvement activity for moms and dads or grandmas and grandpas to come and do math activities with their kids — plus, they get to show them their school.”

For the scavenger hunt students get a math sheet according to their grade and answer the questions with help from their family members. After the sheet is filled out, they go around the building looking for their answers on classroom doors, where they write down the room number.

Once the sheets are filled out and returned, students and their families go to the gym for math games, root beer floats and prizes.

It’s a fun activity, Schwartz said, for both students and their families.

“We did it for the first time last year − a lot of smiling and laughing and enjoyment together,” she said. “It’s just very positive; that’s why I like it ... it’s a very positive, happy evening with an academic emphasis. It’s just a fun activity promoting math.”

Jody Allen, who attended the event with her granddaughter Adrianna Allen, said it was a “cool” activity.

“It’s the first time I’ve done it, but it’s making her really think, and it’s fun that it’s for the family — that I think is important,” she said. “It’s a different dynamic with the grandparents than it is with the parents, that’s for sure, but I think it’s very cool that they’re doing this.”

Dawn Allen, Adrianna’s mother, liked that the scavenger hunt was different from other activities.

“It’s something fun to get them doing math; it’s not just doing worksheets sitting at home,” she said. “It gets her doing something, and it’s fun.”

Brandon Larson, who attended with his son, Brayden, agreed.

“I think it’s a fun activity for the family to do, and it helps them learn more in math,” he said. “It’s really nice. I like it.”

Danielle Anderson, who attended with her two children, kindergartner Graceann and second-grader T.J., enjoyed the family aspect.

“I think it’s cool that it gets the kids involved with math,” she said. “It would be more fun if dad didn’t have to work, but it’s nice to ... get out of the house and do something different than gymnastics or homework. It’s like a family night but with school.”

“It’s just a fun activity promoting math.” Lynette Schwartz, Miller Elementary School Title I teacher
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