Lessons go beyond classroom

Published 9:21 am Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Lawrence County’s school districts are working to help all students succeed in the classroom but also to understand how they can impact the world around them.

Two perfect examples came last week with the Dawson-Bryant Elementary Math-A-Thon and the Burlington Elementary “Jump Rope For Heart” event. Each of these allowed students to participate in something positive — sharpening their math skills and a constructive way of getting involved in physical activity, respectively — yet also raise money for two worthy causes.

The Burlington event helped raise funds for the American Heart Association and has already generated more than $4,500 in the month-long event.

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The Dawson-Bryant Math-A-Thon helped raise more than $3,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The financial benefit for these organizations is real but far greater is the positive message it sends to the students when it comes to being involved and making the world better place.

Every school district in Lawrence County offers events like these throughout the year and the entire community should be thankful for this.

Our students are better for it and our world is better for it.