East County News Service
Photo credit: Scatena Daniels
February 5, 2019 (San Diego) -- During the month of love, staff at select Mathnasium of San Diego County locations will lead a community initiative to “Share the Love” for education. The community is encouraged to stop by their neighborhood Mathnasium Learning Center locations, including several in East County, from Feb. 1-28 to donate school supply items for families served by the Armed Services YMCA in San Diego and Camp Pendleton.
School Supply Donations Needed for Spring Semester Learning
School supply donations are typically the strongest at the outset of the school year, but typically only last until January. That’s why the team at Mathnasium of San Diego County will host a drive in February to collect items for local military families served by the Armed Services YMCA.
Suggested school supply donations include new, in-package items such as pens, pencils, notebooks, binders, rulers, protractors, and more. These essentials will ensure that the children of military families have the best materials to finish this school year strong. “There really is never enough we can do for our military families and this is an easy way to thank them for their service and strengthen the educational foundation of the elementary, middle and high school youth in our network,” says Tim Ney, executive director, Armed Services YMCA San Diego.
Mathnasium locations participating in the inaugural “Share the Love” initiative are in the following San Diego County neighborhoods: 4S Ranch, Carmel Valley, Eastlake, La Costa, La Jolla, Lemon Grove, Mira Mesa/Scripps Ranch, Mission Gorge, North Carlsbad, Oceanside North, Point Loma, Poway, Rancho Peñasquitos, Rancho San Diego, San Marcos, Santee, and South Escondido. For more information on Mathnasium, how to get involved with the “Share the Love” campaign, visit the Mathnasiums of San Diego page on Facebook. To find a neighborhood center near you, visit mathnasium.com.
Suggested Donations (Items should be NEW and still in their original packaging)
Spiral notebooks (wide or college ruled)
Notebook filler paper (wide or college ruled)
1 ½” or 2” Binders
Subject folders or tab dividers
Pencil box or pouch
Markers / Colored Pencils
Blue or Black Ink Pens
Crayons (any size box)
White copy paper
Permanent markers (Black, Blue, or Red ink)
Children and families who bring in donations to their neighborhood Mathnasium learning center will receive a free “Homework Pass” which is access to a one hour session at no charge to receive guided math instruction on a homework assignment that may be particularly challenging. Certain restrictions may apply.
Mathnasium Shares the Love of Math Every Day of the Year
Since 2002, Mathnasium has provided math instruction to students in elementary through high school. Each child is different, so after an initial conversation between instructor and student, the child completes a written assessment and in collaboration with the student’s parents and teacher, an individualized learning plan is created to address the student’s exact needs and math goals.
Mathnasium instructors also provide homework help to assist students in understanding assignments to transform frustrations into welcomed challenges. Mathnasium students grow more excited, confident and prepared to complete math assignments at home, and parents see their grades reflect that.
“Our instructors strive to show students that math is fun and that they can be good at it with repeated individualized instruction, guidance and practice. They can really learn to love math,” says Lisa Hamidi, a Mathnasium owner and president of the San Diego Mathletes, which is the board of directors of all San Diego County Mathnasium locations. “We want our students to not only do better in school, but also excel in all areas of life. Math education is vital for success in the professional world. Each day the future is becoming more technical and dependent on STEM professions. Strong math skills will best prepare our students to be confident, productive and successful members of the workforce.”
For more information, visit www.mathnasium.com.
The Armed Services YMCA San Diego, (ASY) strives to give military members and their families the support and resources they need to be resilient, confident, connected, and secure. Founded in 1920 as a national affiliate of the Armed Services of the YMCA of the USA, its mission is to enhance the lives of military members and their families in spirit, mind and body through programs relevant to the unique challenges of military life. The Armed Services YMCA San Diego is, and always will be, dedicated to strengthening our military family. To learn more, visit https://www.asymca.org/who-we-are-san-diego.