Merry Market makes math fun at Meneley Elementary |

Merry Market makes math fun at Meneley Elementary

by Amy Roby
Colt Cummins and Joe Michel work on a math problem at Merry Market Math Night.
Special to The R-C |

The Meneley Elementary School gym transformed into a very active and Merry Market on Dec. 18.

The intent of this yearly event is to provide students with practical experience within the world of commerce.

Students work together in groups of two or more to set up “stores” that sell their wares (products prepared, collected or created by students).

Some of the goods available this year included toys, crafts, games, Christmas ornaments, hand-cut snowflakes, and edibles such as cookies, Italian sodas and candy canes.

From 5:15-6 p.m., families visited different classrooms throughout the school and participated in math-based games to earn play money for the market.

Student-run stores opened immediately afterward and the spending spree ran for about an hour.

“Merry Market Math Night is a fun and festive way to apply math skills in a variety of situations,” said third-grade teacher Krystal Koontz. “The students have a blast setting up and running their own stores, and families have an opportunity to play together and experience the math curriculum being applied in a real-life setting.”

Elks to hold annual Hoop Shoot contest

The new Douglas County Community Center will be the site of the Tahoe-Douglas Elks Lodge annual Hoop Shoot contest on Jan. 11.

The fun starts in the gymnasium at 2 p.m.

The contest is free and open to all boys and girls ages 8 to 13 years old as of April 1.

Tennis shoes are mandatory on the gym floor.

Winners in each of the three age categories will be eligible to compete at the District Hoop Shoot finals in Reno on Jan. 17.

State finals will be held in Hawthorne on Feb. 7, and area finals will take place in Las Vegas (date TBA).

National Championships will be held in Springfield, MA the weekend of April 16-19.

For more information, contact Gary Wendt at 775-265-6136.

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