Math relay combines fitness and math
Math relay combines fitness and math
Posted on 10/24/2018
Math relay combines fitness and math

There was a lot of energy at Sparks Stadium on October 19 when nearly 1,800 students arrived ready to run, jump rope, and practice math skills. They were there to compete in the ninth-annual Marge Salmon Math Relay games.

Fifth and sixth grade students from 21 Puyallup elementary schools, All Saints Catholic School, Chief Leschi, and Northwest Christian School participated.

The event is held in honor of longtime Puyallup teacher Marge Salmon who retired in 2011, and has since passed away.

Math RelayThe relay games feature students in fifth and sixth grades competing in teams. An obstacle course is set up for students to run, jump through hula hoops, perform jumping jacks, and jump rope. They stop along the way at stations where volunteers present them with math facts. They must answer 10 math facts correctly before continuing to the next station.

In support of their younger peers, more than 60 students from Aylen and Kalles junior highs, and Puyallup High Schools were on hand to help. The Color Guard from Rogers JROTC opened the relay with the presentation of colors, while two Kalles students Kendal Clifton and Darya Baker sang the National Anthem.

As in previous years, the event was coordinated and co-hosted by Puyallup Physical Education Specialist Greg Farias, Director of Instructional Leadership Amanda Kraft, and Physical Education Specialist Tristin McNabb.

The Math Relay is the result of a collaboration between the health and fitness and math departments. The Health and Fitness Department provided the equipment and hosted the event at Sparks Stadium, while the District Math Department provided funds for the bus transportation to and from the event.