TEA News Releases Online
May 20, 2013
Commissioner Williams joins in TTM presentation
to the American Red Cross West, Texas Relief Fund
WEST – Commissioner of Education Michael L. Williams today joined representatives of Think Through Math (TTM), a Web-based math program, at a ceremony presenting a check for $11,367 to the American Red Cross West, Texas Relief Fund.
The donation comes as the result of math problems completed electronically over a two-week period in late April and early May by students in Texas and around the country to support relief efforts in West. The American Red Cross West, Texas Fund was established to support the community after a devastating explosion on April 17.
“It is heartening to see that, given this unique option, students actually took the time to tackle additional math problems on their computers as a way to help the community of West,” said Commissioner Williams. “This speaks volumes about the heart and spirit of our students and their desire to help one another.”
As part of its unique motivational system, Think Through Math provides students with the ability to make charitable donations to select charities by using “THINK points.” TTM donates one dollar for every 5,000 points to various charities throughout the year. In a three-week period, students donated $6,367 to the American Red Cross West, Texas Relief fund. Think Through Math matched student donations with an additional $5,000.
“Texans have an incredible sense of pride and thoughtfulness,” said Louis Piconi, founder of Think Through Math. “We are not surprised to see the students of Texas complete more than two million math problems to support their friends and neighbors in West.”
TTM noted that top contributors to the West fund included elementary and middle school students from Kingsville ISD, Pasadena ISD, Denton ISD, Dallas ISD, Calhoun County ISD and Mesquite ISD.
Access to Think Through Math is provided via Texas SUCCESS (Texas Students Using Curriculum Content to Ensure Sustained Success). As part of the Student Success Initiative, Texas SUCCESS provides state-funded access to interactive math and reading programs for Texas public school students in grades 3-8. Supported through the Texas Education Agency and Education Service Center Region 20, students can utilize this free online service from school or home any time day or night. To learn more about Texas SUCCESS, visit http://texassuccess.org.