Math relay combines fitness and math in honor of longtime teacher
Math relay combines fitness and math in honor of longtime teacher
Posted on 10/18/2017
Math relay combines fitness and math in honor of longtime teacher

A little drizzly weather didn’t change a thing. Nearly 1800 elementary students showed up at Sparks Stadium on October 17 for the Eighth Annual Marge Salmon Math Relay games.

The relay took take place on October 17, 2017 at Sparks Stadium. It was the first time all 21 Puyallup elementary schools chose to participate. All Saints Catholic School also joined in the fun.

Math Relay

The event is held in honor of longtime Puyallup teacher Marge Salmon who retired in 2011.

The relay games feature students in fifth and sixth grades competing in teams. An obstacle course is set up for students to run, jump through hula hoops, perform jumping jacks, and jump rope. They stop along the way at stations where volunteers present them with math facts. They must answer 10 math facts correctly before continuing to the next station.

In support of their younger peers, more than 90 students from Aylen and Kalles junior highs, and Puyallup, Rogers, and Walker high schools were on hand to help. Rogers JROTC opened the relay with the presentation of colors while three Kalles students (Izzy Bledsoe, Savannah Names, and Molly Wolcott) sang the National Anthem.

Math Relay

As in previous years, the event was coordinated and co-hosted by Puyallup Physical Education Specialist Greg Farias, Director of Instructional Leadership Amanda Kraft, and Physical Education Specialist Tristin McNabb.

“My goal from day one was to have all district elementary schools participate and that happened this year. Now it's time to pass this event onto another PE Specialist and that will be Tristin McNabb,” said Farias.

After eight years coordinating the event, Farias says he appreciates the support of Rick Wells, director of instructional leadership, athletics, health, and fitness; district administration; participating schools and students; transportation; and our community.

“Your support is greatly appreciated. 
And finally, to Marge Salmon – Thank You!”
Physical Education Specialist, Greg Farias



 Nancy French
frenchnl@puyallup.k12.wa.us