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‘Math Night’ a big hit at City Market

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Nearly 400 peopled descended on City Market in Rifle last Thursday night, and that didn’t include the customers.

It was students and families from Graham Mesa Elementary participating in the school’s third annual “Math Night” program.

The students ranged from kindergarten through fourth grades and were given age-appropriate assignments that teach them about using math and learning in everyday life.

“The purpose is to teach families that learning can happen everywhere out in the community, and it provides parent’s support,” said Maggie Brooks, a kindergarten teacher.

The families came into the store and found their teacher and then were told to build graphs based on their particular assignment.

“They learn about numbers and shapes,” Brooks said. “The lower grades did a lot of geometry, and the little kids graphed things by colors. The kindergartners graphed their favorite fruit.”

The third-graders were given the task to do things like look at three dozen eggs and figure out how much change they would receive if they paid with a $10 bill,” said Margaret Hesse, a third-grade teacher. “They compared the price of the eggs and noted the difference. They also looked at the price difference between a quart of ice cream and a gallon of ice cream. There was addition, subtraction and some division — all things we’ve worked on this year.”

They had a taste test and graphed their favorite flavors of yogurt.

After their assignments were complete, the kids shared their results with the grade level above them.

“We’re already into the second semester, so it was a way for them to meet the teachers they are going to have next year,” Brooks said.

Both teachers agreed that the kids looked forward to Math Night.

“We had more than half of the third-graders show up — about 60 percent,” Hesse said.

Of course, some of the regular City Market customers were wondering what was going with all the children running around the store, but Brooks said the City Market employees explained it to them.

“And then they seemed to really enjoy it, too,” Brooks said. “The City Market employees were great. We have a great relationship with City Market.”

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