Community Math Academy Project

Boy's team with their basket.

This project, funded in part by Farmer Foodshare, provides an opportunity for students attending Cleveland County’s Community Math Academy to practice their math skills while learning about locally-grown foods and the importance of giving back to the community.  The Community Math Academy gives more than 100 students a jump-start on skills needed for their upcoming grade level through an intensive three-week summer learning session.


Academy students sort, weigh and record their food purchases.

Students are organized into teams and use vouchers to shop among market vendors.  They record their purchases and calculate the change they are owed from each transaction.  Their combined purchases (a tremendous volume and variety of foods) are then taken back to the classroom, where each team assembles a basket, carefully tabulating it’s weight and retail value.  Each basket, filled to capacity, is donated to an organization that feeds the hungry in the local community. Every student also prepares a bag of local foods to take home at the end of the day.


Through their involvement with the Community Math Academy Project, students are introduced to the farmers’ market experience (many for the very first time). They also increase their awareness of production agriculture, are introduced to new food items, and learn the nutritional benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables… not bad for a summer day in math class.