Since the passing of No Child Left Behind, Title 1 was created in efforts to improve math skill in lower performing school. The federal program is designed to help supplement math instruction in schools.
"It gives funds to school that need to help build student abilities," said Jessica Bertschinger. “This is just a fun way to help build that.” Bertschinger is the Title 1/HAL coordinator for the Bloomfield Community School.
The Title 1 Math sessions were split into three parts. The first part consisted of an interactive portion that included activities in the gymnasium. Students were given a series of math problems that provided hints to access their breakout box. The breakout box had a series of locked boxes places inside of each other. The final box contained pencils and erasers for the students to keep.
“It is more of an interactive, fun game.” Bertschinger explained. Following the break box event, the Kindergarten class went to their classroom to challenge their parents to play a dice game. For the last portion of the the evening, the class headed into the computer lab where they played number games. The games included number bingo and a bubble popping game.
The Title 1 Math night program is held twice a year. Upper block was held in the fall with kindergarten through second grade held in the spring. “It is a way to get the community and parents involved and some fun activities for the kids to show the parents what they are doing.” Said Bertschinger.