By the Numbers

Cherry Creek Elementary hosts ‘Monsters, Mummies, and Math’

Nicole Howard helps her daughter Morgan Rosten, a first-grade student at Cherry Creek Elementary School, count marbles during Wednesday’s Math Night at the school. The theme was “Monsters, Mummies, and Math.” (Journal photo by Christie Bleck)

HARVEY — Sea lampreys, marbles and artificial spiders were part of Cherry Creek Elementary School’s annual Fall Math Night on Wednesday, with the theme of “Monsters, Mummies, and Math.”

Volunteers from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Chocolay Township Police Department and others led activities during the event, which also celebrated the school’s 25th anniversary.

Cherry Creek physical education teacher Kathryn Weycker was the main leader of the event, which included a spooky trail walk.

“It’s a little crazy but it’s crazy fun,” Weycker said.

Education still was key.

Wednesday’s Math Night at Cherry Creek Elementary School noted the school’s 25th anniversary. (Journal photo by Christie Bleck)

“We’re trying to say that learning is important,” Weycker said. “We want to celebrate it.”

That means even math, although people dressed in monster garb made it more enjoyable.

The constant rains that have deluged the region in recent days didn’t keep the parking lot from being full for the event, which differed from previous Math Nights.

“We also are honoring a student who went to our school who passed away this summer,” Cherry Creek Principal Travis Smith said.

That student was Ainsley Kargela, who died from cancer. Her memory was honored through various displays, including a wall of notes — one of which read “Ainsley, you inspired us” — from “Ainsley’s Angels.”

Clayton Lesatz helps his son Evan, a first-grader at Cherry Creek Elementary School, play a counting game with marbles during Wednesday’s Math Night at the school. The theme was “Monsters, Mummies, and Math.” (Journal photo by Christie Bleck)

Ainsley undoubtedly would have enjoyed the many stations set up to entertain and educate the youngsters.

At one station, Nicole Howard helped her daughter Morgan Rosten, a first-grader at Cherry Creek, count marbles up to 25. In fact, 25 was the magic number as youngsters had to count coins or marbles up to 25 to earn a piece of anniversary cake. They also had the option of making an equation that equaled 25, or counting to the number in increments of 5’s or 1’s.

Does the youngster like math?

“A little,” said Morgan, who probably was a bit more into numbers than she realized, announcing “I’m 7 years old” while playing the counting game.

Students also could try the game Kodable on tablets, which allowed them to learn about coding robots and making videos.

Coltyn Plantenga, left, a second-grader at Cherry Creek Elementary School, and his brother, Ayden, a third-grader, play Kodable during Wednesday’s Math Night at the school. The theme was “Monsters, Mummies, and Math.” (Journal photo by Christie Bleck)