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Los Alamitos Elementary Celebrates Facebook Contest Win

Los Alamitos, CA, May 17, 2012 MIND Research Institute, a neuroscience and research-based education non-profit, will congratulate Los Alamitos Elementary School for winning the “15 Years of JiJi Contest” on Facebook on Monday, May 21, 2012.

On April 28th, the beloved animated penguin JiJi found in MIND’s ST Math software for K 12 students turned 15. To celebrate, MIND asked teachers to submit, in 15 words or less, what JiJi means to their students. MIND received wonderfully creative submissions in the form of haikus, songs and wonderful alliteration, which were narrowed down to 10 finalists. MIND’s Facebook community selected their favorites by “liking” the submissions.

Educator Jaime Lock’s kindergarten students’ submission received the most Facebook “likes,” taking first place. Runner ups included Seacliff Elementary in Huntington Beach, Calif. and Mann Elementary in Anaheim, Calif.

Lock’s submission read, “Jiji means loving math and loving learning - without even knowing you’re ‘learning.’ Learning through play.”

ST Math creator Dr. Matthew Peterson will personally visit the school for an assembly presentation with educators and students on the importance of math education. The school will also celebrate with a schoolwide ice-cream social and a basket of goodies inspired by JiJi.

MIND will recognize the elementary school’s students and educators again at its 2012 Annual Symposium, “Learning Without Boundaries,” June 15, 2012 in Long Beach, Calif. For more information, visit the MIND Facebook page at www.facebook.com/JiJiMath.

For more information contact:
Abby Daniels
949-345-8637
adaniels@mindresearch.net

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