April is national “Math Awareness Month.” To celebrate and engage our students and community around real-life Math Applications, the Thurston County Chamber Education Committee is promoting our 10th annual “Math for Life” event for students in Griffin, Olympia, North Thurston, Tumwater, and Yelm school districts. Last year we had over 1,000 students participate in this event!

Mark your calendar for Math for Life 2020, March 28 – April 12.

Why Businesses Participate

“I’ve been doing Math for Life from the beginning because:

  • It’s great fun!
  • It really helps the kids understand that ‘Math is a life skill – not just an academic subject.”
  • It’s GREAT for business: Many parents ‘discover’ Cabinets by Trivonna. They come back when they need a new Kitchen”

-Ross Irwin, Cabinets by Trivonna.

Participating Businesses

1st Security Bank | Lacey

1st Security Bank | West Olympia

4th Dimension Computers & Technology

AAA Washington

ACU | Lacey

ACU | Yelm

Allstate:  Alicia Sanders Insurance & Financial Svcs

Archibald Sisters

Artisans Group Architecture

Big Brothers, Big Sisters of SW WA

Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County

Brandman University Lacey Campus

Briggs YMCA

Caliber Home Loans

Capital Medical Center

Captain Little

Charter College

City of Yelm

Clarus Optical

Cut Rate Auto Parts


Edward Jones – Dirk Farrar, Financial Advisor

Enterprise Truck Rental

Eric Zabala State Farm

FORMA Construction Company


Greene Realty Group

Hawks Prairie Veterinary Hospital

Hometown Property Management, Inc.

Hooper Financial

Johnson Insurance Agency

Kinetic Dance Academy

Les Schwab Tire Center | Yelm


Lost & Found Crafts

LOTT Clean Water Alliance/WET Science Center

Morgan Stanley

Nisqually Reach Family Dentistry


Olympia Federal Savings | Lacey

Olympia Federal Savings | Olympia

Olympia Federal Savings | Yelm

Olympia Orthopaedic Associates | Eastside

Olympia Orthopaedic Associates | Westside

Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council

Panowicz Jewelers


Port of Olympia

PrimeLending – Brandi Heinemeyer

ProActive Physical Therapy

RE/MAX Parkside Affiliates

SCJ Alliance

Small to Tall Pediatric Dentistry

TAGS Awards and Specialties

The Firs Senior Living Community

Thurston County Chamber of Commerce

Timberland Bank | Yelm

TwinStar Credit Union | Lacey

TwinStar Credit Union | Yelm

U.S. Martial Arts Center

U.S. Martial Arts Center

Wally’s Sandwich Bar

Washington Business Bank

Weichert, Realtors® Reynolds Real Estate

Wells Fargo | Marvin Rd

Wells Fargo | Olympia

Wells Fargo | Sleater Kinney

Wells Fargo Mortgage

WSECU – Lacey

WSECU – Lacey

WSECU – Olympia

WSECU – Tumwater

WSECU – Tumwater

WSECU – West Olympia

Yelm Cinemas

Yelm Community Schools

Yelm Dental

Yelm Prairie Lanes


Need a fun Activity to do over spring break? Check out Math for Life!


Click Here to See the Interactive Math for Life Map


“I get to choose the where to go on the map, and I really like answering Math questions from the businesses.”

– Kendall Hooper

Math for Life’s goal is to promote real-life math skills through a program that connects the business community and education. Go on a scavenger hunt to local businesses in our region and find out how they use math! Out of town for the week of spring break? You still have a chance to win, Math for Life runs from March 28 – April 12, 2020!

Students who participate from Griffin, Olympia, North Thurston, and Tumwater School Districts and some private schools have an opportunity to Win great Prizes.

One grand prize winner will be selected from each of Griffin, Olympia, North Thurston, and Tumwater school districts to win a Kindle Fire!

Don’t have a Map, no worries. You will be able to print the maps from home prior to the event. Check back for the maps March 26th, 2020.

How to Participate:

  1. Students in K-12 are eligible to participate.
  2. Visit at least 5 of the local businesses listed on the flyer.
  3. Tell the person who greets you that you are there for the “Math for Life” event.
  4. Ask them how they use math in their business and answer one of the many questions they will have. Some are easy, some more difficult. If you don’t know the answers try again!
  5. Have the business mark their box and thank them.
  6. Once you have at least 5 completed locations, turn your flyer in to your math teacher or class teacher by April 17, 2020. Winners will be announced at school assemblies.



To Submit Your Math for Life Documents

Griffin School District: 

Please return your students’ Math for Life Maps to the office by April 17.

North Thurston Public Schools:

Please return your students’ Math for Life Maps to Brad Hooper, CTE at the District Office. Please return by April 17.

Olympia School District:

Please return your students’ Math for Life Maps to Pat Cusack or Gretchen Maliska at the District Office via the inter-district mail by April 17.

Tumwater School District:

Please return your students’ Math for Life Maps to Tiffany Wright at the District Office via the inter-district mail by April 17.

Yelm School District:

Students turn forms into your school, and Office Professional sends all forms to Teri Pablo at District Office by April 17.

Olympia Christian Academy

Return maps to classroom teachers by April 17, 2020.

Private Schools:

Please return your students’ Math for Life Maps to Joseph Beaulieu at the Thurston County Chamber Office, 809 Legion Way, Olympia, WA. If you have any questions call 360.357.3362 or 360.791.7544.

Call your Member Services Representative at the Chamber for information regarding sponsorship. 360.357.3362

*Sponsorships assist with supporting the cost of the Math for Life event, which is free to students and parents.


Parents and Students, please make sure to return your maps to your teacher for Math teachers or school by April 17, 2020!