Teachers were dressed in sombreros and ponchos and the smell of nachos and cheese wafted through the air March 6 as students and parents walked through the halls of Martin Walker Elementary.

Instead of a traditional spring open house, the school held the second annual Nachos and Numbers math event with music, prizes and a chance to win free nachos, said Amanda Brown, a second-grade teacher.

“We wanted something different where kids could utilize what they learned and parents could enjoy more than just walking from class to class,” she said. “This is a chance to have some fun, especially since there’s food involved.”

The response to the program was so huge last year the school decided to host it once more, said Lisa Mullen, another second-grade teacher.

Each math station from prekindergarten to fifth grade was age-appropriate.

Students and their parents were able to partake in challenges or take math packets home and work on them, Mullen said. Students who earned enough stamps were rewarded with nachos and cheese.

New Cove resident Kyma Dorre was ecstatic about the event and the school in general. Her son, third-grader Kheegan Dorre, is a straight-A student who is taking more initiative in school, she said.

“He loves math and this activity is great for him,” she said. “Maybe I might even learn something, too.”

For 9-year-old Aaryiana Wyss, the event was a chance to continue teaching her twin sister, Maryianna, and her brother Christopher, 11, more about math.

“I like math a lot, especially counting and doing multiple division,” she said. “I’m the one that tutors them at home and this will help them see what we’ve been learning. It’ll help me when I grow up to be a surgeon, too.”

Corinne Lincoln-Pinheiro | Herald

A journalist by trade, Corinne has written for both the military and civilian populations. She has a Master's in Writing and Bachelor's in English. She is also a military spouse and her family is currently stationed at Fort Hood.

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