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I found this tidbit about math classes at Crawford High so fascinating that I had to share it with you — even though I couldn’t find a place to fit it into my story today.

Crawford now has a mathematics society called Mu Alpha Theta for kids who get a 3.0 grade point average or more. Last year, they raised hundreds of dollars by washing cars — not to get a field trip or something flashy for the club. Nope. They were raising money so they could pay to bus students across town who wanted to take the SATs, which weren’t offered at Crawford because historically, few students took them. And because many students are too poor to have their own cars, getting across town could be a barrier.

“You’ve got kids that are, on their own time, volunteering to raise money so they can go take a standardized test,” said math teacher Carl Munn. “Jon (Winn, one of the other math teachers) and I stand around amazed sometimes at what these kids want to do.”

Fortunately, they won’t have to do it anymore. Jennifer Mai, president of Mu Alpha Theta, told me that students and Winn rang up the College Board and asked why the SATs couldn’t come to Crawford. The answer? There’s no reason they couldn’t. Mai said the SAT will be administered there in January. I can only imagine how surprised the College Board folks were to hear high schoolers clamoring for a test.

“That’s really big news for us,” Mai said. “It will give everyone on campus — and schools around us, like Hoover — a chance to come to a testing center nearby.”

EMILY ALPERT

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