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June 3, 2016

Fort Couch students lend a helping hand

Fort Couch Fort Couch Middle School students recently collected 1,603 food items and more than $175 to benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

Eighth graders in Michelle Senneway’s Cognitive Tutor Algebra 1 class conducted a food drive from May 18-20. In addition, students volunteered at the food bank for an entire day. In total, Fort Couch students boxed more than 10,000 pounds of food that will benefit those in need.

“The project involved collecting donations, creating an equation that the students used to determine our earnings, and graphing our earnings,” Mrs. Senneway said. “The ultimate goal is creating a real life scenario in which we can utilize the algebra we have learned this year to successfully complete a food drive, which will benefit the community and help others.”

The food drive project, which is in its fifth year, was first introduced by Upper St. Clair High School math teacher Shannon Strayer. The two math teachers have conducted the project collaboratively each year with middle and high school CT Algebra students. This is the first year Fort Couch implemented the project independently.

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