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Gifted students meet British Numberella founder
Students compete in math challenge at Sallie Z
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Grant Boyer, left, of Sallie Zetterower Elementary and Veer Patel, right, of Julia P. Bryant Elementary enjoy playing in round one of the Numberella competition held at Sallie Zetterower Elementary School on Aug. 26 for all of the school district's fifth grade gifted QUEST students. Numberella game and company founder Andrew F.J. Newberry, from London, was on hand to talk about why he created the learning resource, how it's meant to help children with math literacy, and how he developed the game

“Math is a language, and it’s a language everyone can understand,” Alexander F.L. Newberry told more than 125 fifth grade gifted students from the school district’s nine elementary schools on Monday. The students, their gifted teachers, and school improvement directors from the district had all gathered at Sallie Zetterower Elementary School in Statesboro for a Numberella competition. 

Newberry, an educator and graduate of the University of Oxford, is based in London. He spent Monday and Tuesday in Statesboro, visiting Bulloch County Schools and the Statesboro STEAM, a local state charter school. Newberry also broadcast his international Numberella webcast from Statesboro on Monday evening.

Numberella is a board game with accompanying computer applications which helps strengthen the mathematics, logic, geography and literacy skills of children.  Bulloch County Schools Gifted Services Department purchased Numberella’s learning resources last year to use in its elementary and middle school gifted QUEST classes to promote problem solving and logic skills. Dr. Casey McNeely, district school improvement director who oversees gifted services, facilitated this week’s visit, which was provided at no cost by Numberella.

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Newberry answers game strategy questions from Brooklet Elementary's Grant Odom, as School Improvement Director Sandra Adams listens. Odom and more than 120 fifth grade gifted students from the school district's nine elementary schools gathered at Sallie Zetterower Elementary School Aug. 26 to meet Newberry and participate in a district-wide Numberella competition.
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Mill Creek Elementary's Maliyah Badger gets answers from Newberry as her game mates Marqui Green and Gabby Mendez, of Sallie Zetterower Elementary, and Donovan Dobson listen closely.