St. Jude Children's Research Hospital announced the successful completion Tuesday of the Math-A-Thon at Banquete Elementary School.

Math-a-thon is an educationally based fundraising program in which students obtain sponsors for the number of math problems completed on CDs or workbooks provided for the students in grades K-9.

The program is sponsored nationally by Six Flags Theme Parks which provides free tickets to its parks for every student raising $35 or more.

Organizers said the students who participate in the program "learn to do more than just math problems - they also learn the importance of helping children who are less fortunate than themselves."

"We are very proud of our students for working so hard on the Math-A-Thon," said Ofelia Pena, volunteer coordinator. "With their help, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital will be able to create new treatments that may one day lead to a cure for many forms of cancer. I also want to extend our thanks to the Banquete community for their support of our students."

Twenty-six students in grades kindergarten through fifth raised over $2,100 for the event.

The late entertainer Danny Thomas founded St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. The hospital is an internationally recognized biomedical research center dedicated to finding cures for catastrophic childhood diseases.

The hospital's work is supported through funds raised by the American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities. For more information, please visit www.stjude.org.