Westside elementary students learn real-life math lessons

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) - A group of students from a Westside elementary school have a unique math class. From budgeting, to weight measurements and field trips that reinforced the unique lessons learned by a group of 4th through 6th graders. 

Recently, the group was packing thousands of meals at the Omaha non-profit Kids Against Hunger. On the assembly line, the students scooped, measured, packed and weighed. 

"It gives the students a chance to see outside of the classroom to really see hands-on, you know, how can math apply to this situation, we have to weigh and everything has to be an accurate measurement," Swanson Elementary teacher Melissa Misa said. 

The applied lesson is weeks in the making. Student Council members picked the charity and set a goal to raise enough money to pay for 3,000 meals. To make the moment a reality, the students had to budget and fundraise. 

 

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