Fairfield County students are getting ready to test their math skills while raising much-needed funds for local schools.

Mathnasium's TriMathlon contest is designed to show kids that math can be fun.

Children at all levels of math ability are invited to participate. In addition to winning trophies, all students who participate this year will earn money for local schools with every correct answer.

The winner at each grade level will be entered into the national TriMathlon, with the chance to earn larger school donations.

The competition, open to second- through fifth-grade students, will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Darien Mathnasium learning center, 15 Corbin Drive, Darien. Participation is free.

"The Mathnasium TriMathlon represents a wonderful opportunity for kids to have fun, test their math skills, and earn money for local schools," David Lubner, owner of the Mathnasium of Darien, Fairfield and Greenwich franchises, said. "It demonstrates that math can be fun and, at the same time, provides a way for the students to give back to their community, which is a wonderful lesson for kids at this age. In the Mathnasium TriMathlon, every child is a winner."

The contest is open to all students in grades 2 to 5 in public, private or home school. Students do not need to be enrolled in a Mathnasium class to participate.

Prep materials, including a practice test, are available on the Mathnasium TriMathlon website, www.mathnasiumtriathlon.com, where students can also register.

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Participants will have money donated to local schools for every correct answer on the TriMathlon test either through DonorsChoice.org, which allows schools to select whatever they need with donations accruing toward those items, or via direct donations.

Mathnasium is targeting an aggregate nationwide donation of about $37,000, which includes the national prizes.

The first-place winners at each grade level will be invited to move on to the national TriMathlon, where the national champions will be determined based on their local test scores.

If needed, tiebreaker tests will be held at the winners' local Mathnasium locations the following weekend.

Prizes of $1,000, $500 and $250 will be awarded to local schools on behalf of the first, second and third place winners at each grade level.

All participants, regardless of how they place on the exam, will receive a free downloadable game from Lakeshore Learning Materials, retail value $19.99, together with other prizes and certificates of participation.

National winners will receive Lakeshore gift cards.

For more information, call 203-655-6284 or email darien@mathnasium.com.