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      One Heartland teacher shows students math can be fun

      One Heartland teacher is helping students recognize their potential when it comes to their math skills.

      Adair County R-1 math teacher Cindy Roberts is taking students to math competitions for the first time ever. It all starts this weekend with a regional contest in Brookfield.

      Twenty-three students in grades 4 through 8 will be tested on algebra and geometry skills.

      Roberts says she wants to show the kids just how fun and interesting math can be."It's a great way to challenge these students who do enjoy math and have a gift in it because we often focus on those who are struggling or have troubles. It's a great opportunity for those students who are doing very well in math and enjoy it to give them that extra boost and other challenges or responisblities to excel in math. We need that in society," said Roberts.The competitions are sponsored by the Missouri Council of Math.If any of Roberts' students come out in the top five in regionals, they will attend the state championship in Warrensburg.That competition will take place in late April or early May. Roberts want to thank the school district and the parents for all the support.