On January 28 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. KLRU and United Way Capital Area will present the film “It All Adds Up” as part of the Live United Film Series. “It All Adds Up” chronicles the experiences of Math Corps – a Detroit-based effort to engage middle and high school students in high energy math instruction. Math Corps is defying the stereotypes of not only mathematics education, but of participating students themselves. As one of the program founders notes, math can be a tool for engaging children in education and in their own futures. While the program’s committed adults and rigorous and relevant academics inspire students to be academically success, the students also gain skills to win the day to do more than simply solve sophisticated math problems.
While the focus of “It All Adds Up” is on lively math instruction, there is no doubt that a big part of the student success can be attributed to the committed adults who are working with these middle and high school students. Whether it is time spent on instruction, time visiting a college campus or time just hanging out, the building of a positive relationship is at the core. During this month, National Mentor Month, we salute those who are giving of their time to make a difference in the lives of youth and I invite everyone that is passionate about young people to join us.
We invite you to attend the screening and the moderated panel discussion of the film and its implications for our community. The panelists represent a diverse cross-section of our community’s citizens and institutions. They include Dr. Michael Marder-UTeach, Liliana Ary-Univision Radio & Clayton Christopher-Sweet Leaf Tea accompanied by a young person he mentors through Big Brother Big Sisters of Central Texas. I hope you will not only participate in this meaningful and very important conversation, but that you will also get involved to make a difference in the lives of middle school students in our community.
Register today at www.handsoncentraltexas.org.
Laura G. Garcia
United Way Capital Area