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Applied Math: A Bounty of Bouquets

Our fifth grade last week applied concepts they’ve been learning in math class to create beautiful bouquets for some Concord families especially hard-hit by the pandemic. The flowers were left over from a Sunday event at a Richmond elementary school sponsored by Following Francis, a program that serves children and families in low-income neighborhoods.

Fifth grade teacher Terry Johnson, who helped organize the affair, brought leftover flowers bought for the event to school. Her students created 33 bouquets, which were given to families chosen by their school based on their circumstances. The math connection: the students were asked to make the arrangements rotationally and reflectively symmetrical, concepts they’ve been reviewing in class.


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