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Prarthana receives Service Above Self Scholarship!

Congratulations to Prarthana for receiving $4000 scholarship for her dedication and work to spread love for math in young kids in Naperville. 

The Rotary Club of Naperville “Service Above Self” Scholarship specifically recognizes and rewards an applicant who successfully demonstrates a substantial commitment to service. In 1989 The Rotary Council on Legislation established “Service Above Self” as the principal motto of Rotary because it best conveys the philosophy of unselfish volunteer service.

The $4,000 “Service Above Self” scholarship is awarded annually to 2-3 graduating high school seniors. Specific areas considered when reviewing applicants are in-school service and community service history, and evidence of a lifelong commitment to service.

Prarthana Award Certificate

Prathana receives 2020 Naperville Youth Service Award!

Congratulations to Prarthana on receiving the prestigious 2020 Naperville Youth Service Award presented by Mayor of Naperville, Steve Chirico! She was nominated by the Naperville Public Library Executive Director Dave Della Terza and Children’s supervisor Amanda Hanson.

Way to go Prarthana! 

Award Transcript from the Nominators:

The mission of the Naperville public library is to inform, inspire, and imagine. The Naperville public library has chosen Prarthana Prashanth for the Naperville Youth Service award. Prarthana has combined her passion for learning and education with her desire to help others into an immensely successful tutoring program called OneInMath. Prarthana has become the Chicagoland area leader of OneInMath. She went from teaching five students alone to currently teaching over 200 elementary students with over 40 high school aged tutors through her program. She has shown tremendous leadership skills with a thoughtful and relational style to recruiting area libraries as organizational partners, high school students as session volunteers, and elementary students to attend sessions. Prarthana is such a valued volunteer and we are grateful for all she does. Congratulations Prarthana for receiving the 2020 Naperville youth service award!

Writing by hand makes kids smarter

At OneInMath, one of our founding principles is practice, practice, practice. And it is practice by writing on paper. There is now a research that shows that writing by hand helps children learn more and remember better.

Van der Meer and her colleagues at Norwegian University of Science and Technology have recently published a study they conducted in 2020, with 12 adults and 12 children. This is the first time children participated in such a study. 

Each examination took 45 minutes per person, and the researchers received 500 data points per second.

The results showed that the brain in both young adults and children is much more active when writing by hand than when typing on a keyboard.

“The use of pen and paper gives the brain more ‘hooks’ to hang your memories on. Writing by hand creates much more activity in the sensorimotor parts of the brain. A lot of senses are activated by pressing the pen on paper, seeing the letters you write and hearing the sound you make while writing. These sense experiences create contact between different parts of the brain and open the brain up for learning. We both learn better and remember better,” says Van der Meer.

“Learning to write by hand is a bit slower process, but it’s important for children to go through the tiring phase of learning to write by hand. The intricate hand movements and the shaping of letters are beneficial in several ways. If you use a keyboard, you use the same movement for each letter. Writing by hand requires control of your fine motor skills and senses. It’s important to put the brain in a learning state as often as possible. I would use a keyboard to write an essay, but I’d take notes by hand during a lecture,” says Van der Meer.

“The brain has evolved over thousands of years. It has evolved to be able to take action and navigate appropriate behavior. In order for the brain to develop in the best possible way, we need to use it for what it’s best at. We need to live an authentic life. We have to use all our senses, be outside, experience all kinds of weather and meet other people. If we don’t challenge our brain, it can’t reach its full potential. And that can impact school performance,” says Van der Meer.

Paper Reference:

Eva Ose Askvik, F. R. (Ruud) van der Weel, Audrey L. H. van der Meer. The Importance of Cursive Handwriting Over Typewriting for Learning in the Classroom: A High-Density EEG Study of 12-Year-Old Children and Young Adults. Frontiers in Psychology, 2020; 11 DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.01810

 

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. 

Stay safe!

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.