APWA partners with MATHCOUNTS

APWA is proud to announce its Volunteer Partnership with the MATHCOUNTS Foundation. MATHCOUNTS is a nationwide middle school math enrichment program coordinated by volunteers at the grassroots level. Last year, more than 530,000 students used MATHCOUNTS materials in the classroom or as an extracurricular activity.

APWA members are encouraged to promote MATHCOUNTS as a worthwhile activity for our chapters. In an Open Letter to APWA members (shown below), President Ridings has asked members to participate in the program.

MATHCOUNTS is one of the country's largest and most successful education partnerships involving volunteers, educators, industry sponsors and students. President George W. Bush and former Presidents Clinton, Reagan and Bush have all recognized MATHCOUNTS in Oval Office ceremonies, and the program has received two White House citations as an outstanding private sector initiative.

The MATHCOUNTS Foundation Founding Sponsors are the CNA Foundation, National Society of Professional Engineers and National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. National Sponsors include The Dow Chemical Company Foundation, General Motors Foundation, Lockheed Martin Corporation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Phillips Petroleum Company, Texas Instruments Incorporated, 3M Foundation and Toyota USA Foundation.

An Open Letter to members of the American Public Works Association

August 24, 2001

Fellow Public Works Professionals:

The American Public Works Association is committed to increasing awareness among school children of the scope, role and importance of public works. To help meet our objective, APWA is proud to announce its Volunteer Partnership with the MATHCOUNTS Foundation.

MATHCOUNTS-a math coaching and competition program-last year reached over 530,000 middle school students in all U.S. states and territories, and the Departments of State and Defense overseas schools. The program is organized at the local level through the National Society of Professional Engineers' state societies and local chapters. APWA joins other organizations such as the Society of American Military Engineers and the National Society of Black Engineers to provide much needed support at the grassroots level.

Here's how the program works. Volunteers deliver MATHCOUNTS materials to middle schools all over the country at the beginning of the academic year. After several months of coaching, students vie for a chance to represent their school at local competitions, which begin in February. Winners advance to state competitions, held in March. From there the top four students and the top coach form a new team to represent their state at the National Competition at the University of Chicago in June.

APWA New Mexico and Chicago Metro Chapters have been involved with MATHCOUNTS for some time. We urge you to promote MATHCOUNTS as a worthwhile activity for your APWA chapter. There are opportunities to volunteer at every level of the program, including promoting school participation, coaching a school team, assisting at competitions, and providing public relations or fundraising assistance.

Our partnership with MATHCOUNTS will help APWA broaden the understanding of public works in society and ensure today's youth get the math and critical thinking skills they will need for a future career in public works. To learn more about the program, visit MATHCOUNTS' website at http://mathcounts.org. If you need additional information, contact MATHCOUNTS Volunteer Coordinator Tina Smith at 703/684-2809 or tsmith@nspe.org.


Richard L. Ridings, P.E. President