Event To Raise Funds For School Math App Subscription

BERLIN – A bingo fundraiser is expected to benefit students at Buckingham Elementary School.

On Friday, May 31, members of the community are invited to participate in a Blingo Night at Buckingham Elementary School (BES). Proceeds from the fundraiser will be used to purchase a subscription to Reflex, a digital learning application used by students in second, third and fourth grade.

Event organizer Anne Mears, a second-grade teacher at BES, said students who finish their math lessons use the Reflex app to play interactive math games.

“They can go on the Reflex app and play math games based on their level of comprehension,” she said. “It pushes kids to learn further and helps those who need help understanding certain concepts.”

With the help of grant funding, Mears said the school was able to purchase the $3,200 subscription to Reflex – which are installed onto iPads – for the past two years. The subscription, however, is set to expire in June, and school officials are now looking for ways to raise money to continue using the app that many students have come to love.

“We couldn’t get grant funding this year,” she said. “So we decided to have a Blingo event to raise the $3,200.”

Mears said the Blingo Night includes 20 games of Bingo, with 20 chances to win Touchstone Crystal jewelry by Swarovski. The fundraiser will also feature food, prizes, raffles and more.

“It’s a fun night and it’s something different,” she said. “You can win Swarovski jewelry without the price tag … and it supports a great cause.”

Mears said she has seen a difference in student learning with the Reflex app. She explained it helps students recall basic math facts and allows them to learn concepts at their own pace.

“It’s an interactive way to do math, and they don’t really know they are learning,” she joked. “They love it.”

Blingo Night will take place in the BES cafeteria on Friday, May 31, from 6-9 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at the school’s main office for $20, or at the door for $25.

For more information, call 410-632-5300, or email Anne Mears at [email protected] or Julie Hanenfeld at [email protected].

“We want to do this for the kids …,” Mears said. “If they are coming to school ready to learn, and are excited about this math app, we want to make sure they can get it.”

About The Author: Bethany Hooper

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Bethany Hooper has been with The Dispatch since 2016. She currently covers various general stories. Hooper graduated from Stephen Decatur High School in 2012 and the University of Maryland in 2016, where she completed double majors in journalism and economics.