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West Springfield Students Take a Seasonal Approach to Mathematics


WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — There were plenty of “tricks” Friday in West Springfield – “tricks” of the good variety

Tatham Elementary School held a school wide event called “Arithme-tricks and treats.”

Kids spread out in a pumpkin patch, answering math questions they found on the pumpkins.

In exchange for the answer, the kids received healthy treats like pretzels, fruit snacks, and pencils.

Principal Paul Heath says it’s a fun way to celebrate the season while focusing on academics.

“We have about 40 volunteers for this, so it’s a great way to bring parents into our schools and to help us. They love these kind of events,” Heath explains.

The event reinforces skills taught in the classroom, in a way that kids don’t even realize they’re learning.

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