Sec­ond graders par­tic­i­pate in March Math­ness

Northern Berks Patriot Item - - LOCAL NEWS - By Ethan Strause Brandy­wine fresh­man

Ev­ery­one’s heard of the na­tional phe­nom­e­non that is March Mad­ness. Well in the small dis­trict of Brandy­wine Heights, Mr. Rhine Stro­hecker has made a new phe­nom­e­non for the sec­ond grade class, March Math­ness.

This is through the same cri­te­ria as March Mad­ness, brack­ets and all. Ev­ery “game day” stu­dents get their gear to­gether which in­cludes team col­ored glasses, ban­danas, and fi­nally neck­laces. Through all this team spirit good sports­man­ship is bound to form.

Eliza Bortz, a sec­ond grade stu­dent in Mrs. Hess’s class, said, “It doesn’t mat­ter if you win or not, even if you don’t you get to see your friends go through!”

This quote dis­plays not only the ex­cite­ment for this event, but also the sports­man­ship be­ing planted within the hearts of the stu­dents.

In or­der to move on through the brack­ets the stu­dents must com­plete a page of math prob­lems as quickly and cor­rectly as pos­si­ble. This even­tu­ally will come down to a fi­nal two stu­dents whom will be placed in the cen­ter of an arena of stu­dents put into what may be the most fun filled com­pet­i­tive fi­nal ever made in a school.

Stro­hecker tried to do this in his pre­vi­ous school him­self last year with just his class al­though he wanted to do it on a larger scale. This year was his first year at Brandy­wine Heights and took this op­por­tu­nity to make this a larger event.

March Math­ness con­tin­ued to oc­cur on the same day as the March Mad­ness basketball games.

“It’s just an­other way we try to pro­vide a fun learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment through­out the year,” said Stro­hecker.

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Brandy­wine sec­ond graders par­tic­i­pate in March Math­ness.

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