Logan County students in national math competition

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — March Madness is “Math Madness” in Logan County.

Students at Buffalo Elementary School are in the finals of a nationwide competition being run through Imagine Math, a supplemental interactive instructional program.

The championship competition continues through the week.

In part, Principal Penny Mullins credited Imagine Math, which 1,200 elementary school students across Logan County use, with helping improve math achievement in the county during a three-year period starting in 2018.

In that time, school officials said overall math proficiency in Logan County improved by 11 percent, starting from a low of 24 percent.

“This will be a game changer for these students. This will have deep impact on their lives. Our students have more confidence. They feel like they can achieve and it’s something they can take with them,” Mullins said.

Funding for the program came via the Education Alliance’s Energizing STEM effort with support from the American Electric Power Foundation.

Representatives from all of the organizations were part of a Tuesday event in Logan County.

“Our school has the lowest poverty level in Logan County, but that doesn’t define us,” Mullins said.

“That’s what we tell our students from the time they enter in pre-K until they leave us as 4th graders, ‘No excuses. You can do it. You can be who you want to be.'”

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