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HFCA Student and Mission: The leaders of MathMinds, Megan Reyes (l) and Ruby Arun (r), with their mentor, the HFCA math teacher, Ms. Kate McCully. (Staff of the Holy Family)

The motto of the Holy Family Catholic Academy is to develop thinkers and leaders who are based on faith. Headmistress Kate O'Brien explains, "A true measure of our success is when we see our students expand their leadership and problem-solving skills beyond the classroom." The HFCA celebrates 8th grade students, Ruby Arun and Megan Reyes, who think and lead from their point of view.

In April Ruby began working on an idea she was passionate about – helping younger girls get excited about math and STEM. Ruby explains, "I'm passionate about math and have been participating in math competitions since I was in fourth grade. I was always amazed that there were so few girls at these events." She envisioned starting an organization of girls who would mentor other girls in math, and shared her idea with Megan and other like-minded friends willing to join the mission.

While it's not uncommon to hear from young people making grassroots efforts to help others, Ruby officially started a nonprofit called Mission: MathMinds. Under the guidance of her parents, she applied for tax exemption status 501 (c) (3), formed a board of directors, and invited Megan to join her as vice president. Since then, they have built a sophisticated website, recruited other mentors, and started building a social media presence.

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The first big decision was to invite someone to be on the board and it turned out to be an easy decision. Ruby reached out to her own mentor and HFCA math teacher, Ms. Kate McCully, who shared, "I was so impressed that in the middle of a global pandemic, my 13-year-old student used her quarantine free time to think about others and them to pursue this goal. " Coincidentally, Ms. McCully's own mentor, unbeknownst to Ruby and Megan, was actually her 8th grade math teacher. "I definitely know the value of a mentor," she explains. "I decided to take maths class during my senior year in high school after my internship in middle school."

The girls at Mission: MathMinds are passionate about their cause and have patiently gone through the steps for the past six months to make it successful. They are starting a video for teachers explaining their mission and services and have hired 11 mentors from 7th through 12th grade. Megan adds, "Our goal is more than tutoring. We want to create mentor-mentees relationships, not just one-time homework help. These relationships will encourage and inspire girls to embrace STEM."

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Headmaster O & # 39; Brien Conclusion: "Our faculty is doing an amazing job empowering our students to become confident learners and leaders. As a STEM-certified middle school, we're so proud of Ruby, Megan and all of the girls who participate in Mission: MathMinds. They really help promote girls in STEM. "

More information can be found at https: //www.missionmathminds.o …

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