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Help the Du Bois Project of Oberlin make math fun for children

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Children Who Love Math Learn Math. This is the key principle of the Du Bois Project of Oberlin whose Director, Ken Stanley, developed the program and has been volunteering his time and energy and money, funding the project out of his own pocket. The goal of the Du Bois Project of Oberlin is to make math fun for children in all grades in the Oberlin Public Schools. With a specific emphasis on reaching underrepresented minorities and children from families of lower socioeconomic status, the Du Bois Project is well positioned to help these children achieve and maintain excellence in school by fostering in them a love of math and leveraging that to allow them to excel in math and STEM fields. The Du Bois Project makes math fun through programs like Fraction Club at the local elementary schools and the Boys and Girls Club during the school year and Math Soccer Camp in the summer. Because of the success and growth of the program over the past several years, expenses for the supplies required to allow the program to continue at the same level have increased and with increased administrative duties, an assistant director needs to be hired while plans are being made to add one grade level each year to the program. The members of the Oberlin community can support the Du Bois Project by your generous contributions. Since the program started in 2012, the revenue each year has been $2,000, the registration fees collected for the Du Bois Math Soccer Summer Camp, but expenses have been about $10,000 per year. Last year expenses were $12,000, but they were offset partially by $3,000 grants each by the Lorain Community Foundation and the Nordson Corporation.

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