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Online OneInMath Program

As the libraries have closed, we have piloted an online version of the program for existing registered students to allow them to continue to learn and benefit from our program. We had our first pilot class last Sunday, and starting tomorrow we are launching online OneInMath classes for students who were part of Eola, Santori, 95th, Nichols, and Naper Blvd libraries. The online classes will start from Sunday, April 19th through Sunday, June 14th.

Thanks to Prarthana for taking the initiative and creating the online format of the program. Current students have already been contacted and Prarthana and her team have arranged for parents to print the math packets at home, or has arranged to get the sheets printed and distributed to the parents.

Online program will use Zoom video breakout room for each tutor to work with their assigned students, and the session leader and session manager would continue to supervise via Zoom. 

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Prarthana receives Daily Point Of Light Award!

On March 25th, Prarthana received the Daily Point of Light Award recognizing her inspiring work as a changemaker! For the last four years, (since her 8th grade), she has dedicated herself to spread the love of maths amongst young students. She established the OneInMath program in ChicagoLand and helps hundreds of students with the help of an army of high school volunteers. 

This award is given out each weekday by Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service. Established by the late President George H.W. Bush during his presidency, the Daily Point of Light Award recognizes extraordinary volunteers who are donating their time and talent to better their communities.

OneInMath is a fully volunteer run structured program to teach basic math skills like addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to kindergarten, first, second and third grade students. The program provides opportunity for high school students and adult volunteers to make a difference to their community.

You may view the article here:

Volunteer Inspires Confidence in Students Struggling With Math Through Tutoring Program

Fall 2019 Parent Survey Results now available

As we do at the end of every semester, we conducted a parent survey for all enrolled students in Fall 2019.

There was record participation for the survey of 93 responses. Thank you!

All of you (who participated in the survey) told us that the program helped your child increase confidence, generate more interest in math, and/or improve performance in school! This is what we aspire for!

All of you except one response told us you would recommend OneInMath program! We are humbled by your universal support for the program. We take the poor response seriously and have followed up with the parent.

As usual the program was oversubscribed in most libraries. There were requests to increase frequency of classes, increase difficulty of problems, add logic problems, make the program year-round.

In Spring 2020, we have added yet another library, and the program is now offered at Naper Blvd Library as well bringing the total number of libraries to six. We are looking to open more branches. This is a 100% volunteer run program. We are always looking for adult volunteers and young high school students who are passionate in making a difference to help start program in a library near you. If you are interested, please contact-us.

You may view the full survey at parent-survey-fall-2019.

Prarthana recognized as Distinguished Finalist by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Prarthana was recognized for her service in bringing free weekly math program for students in kindergarten to third grade to her local community libraries, working with kids, training other high school tutors, and coordinating with parents and librarians. Congratulations Prarthana!

You may find more information about the recognition here.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is the United States’ largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service.

Created in 1995 by Prudential and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the program honors middle level and high school students for outstanding service to others at the local, state and national level.

Spring 2019 Parent Survey Results now available

As we do at the end of every semester, we conducted a parent survey for all enrolled students in Spring 2019.

All of you (who participated in the survey) told us that the program helped your child increase confidence, generate more interest in math, and/or improve performance in school! This is what we aspire for!

All of you told us you would recommend OneInMath program! We are humbled by your universal support for the program.

As usual the program was oversubscribed in most libraries. There were several requests to increase frequency of classes to twice a week, to make the program year-round, and to start in more libraries.

Good news is we have added Nichols Library in Fall 2019. We are looking to open more branches. This is a 100% volunteer run program. We are always looking for adult volunteers and young high school students who are passionate in making a difference to help start program in a library near you. If you are interested, please contact-us.

You may view the full survey at parent-survey-spring-2019.

Prarthana Receives NextUp Award for outstanding Volunteer work!

Congratulations to Prarthana for winning the NextUp Award, March 12, 2019.

Congratulations to Prarthana for winning the NextUp Blood Science Foundation service award in 13-15 Age category, on March 12, 2019! For this award, Prarthana has received $2500 in scholarship.

Blood Science Foundation, the fundraising and philanthropic arm of Vitalant(formerly LifeSource), is preparing to honor some of Chicagoland’s outstanding youth by hosting the organization’s first edition of The NextUp Awards.

Launched this winter by Blood Science Foundation, the fundraising and philanthropic arm of Vitalant, the NextUp Awards provides scholarships to deserving young people across the area who have shown a transformative commitment to their communities – through fundraising, the development of charitable programs, volunteering, leadership and philanthropy.

School districts, organizations and students themselves had the opportunity to nominate young people for the awards program. Nominees were required to live within the Vitalant service area in Chicagoland and had to have completed a charitable or philanthropic activity in the past 18 months that could be replicated in other cities.

A committee chosen by Blood Science Foundation selected three finalists from each of the age categories. One winner in each category received a $2,500 scholarship.

High School Students Create OneInMath Informational Video

Yet another passionate work by the OneInMath team in Chicagoland! Congratulations to Prarthana Prashanth the lead for all OneInMath programs in Chicagoland, session leads and tutors for brainstorming and putting together a five minute video trailer about the program currently running in Eola, Santori and 95th Street  libraries in Chicago!

Special thanks to Andrew Wang, senior in high school and OIM volunteer, for offering to film and create the video. He spent two months to film students in class, carried out interviews of tutors, Session Leads, Session Managers, and librarians, and finally after multiple edits, the OneInMath Trailer is complete! Thank you Andrew for your great effort and all the students, volunteers, and librarians for their continuous support and cooperation.

We hope you enjoy this video and continue spreading this word about OneInMath!

We encourage potential volunteers interested in volunteering in any capacity (tutors, substitute tutors, session leaders, session managers) who aspire to be part of the OneInMath program, as well as parents of kindergarten to 3rd grades who want to enroll their children in the program  to view the video and feel the program in action!

Tutors design theme t-shirts!

Congratulations to Ruju Talati for designing the winning OneInMath t-shirt! While multiple designs were considered,  Ruju’s design was most voted on by current OneInMath tutors in the Chicagoland libraries. Through this t-shirt we hope to unite OneInMath tutors and students, and help spread the word about this program. Below, Ruju’s design is shown.