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October 26, 2000
Steve Buchholz, Public Information Manager, 394- 6082
Marlin Kinzer, Tech Bookstore Director, 394- 2375
Old Tech books find new life in school district
A set of old books from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology has given life to a fledgling math program in the McCook Central School District.
The Tech bookstore is usually left with some leftover books when school officials decide to move to a different text. Typically, bookstore director Marlin Kinzer can find someone to buy the books. But Tech and Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo., were the only schools using a set of three trigonometry books that Tech decided to move away from this year. That wiped out any potential market, Kinzer said.
So the three- book series sat and collected dust.
“ I held on to them thinking that someday, somehow, we would find a use for them,” Kinzer said.
This past summer, Kinzer told Tech student Aaron Gough of Salem, S. D., about the books. Gough asked his brother, a math teacher at McCook Central School District if he could use the books. The teacher did.
“ McCook Central currently does not have a trigonometry class,” first- year teacher Evan Gough said. “ These books will alleviate the need to find extra funding for this new course.”
Students who have completed Algebra 2 will be able to tackle the trig class, Gough said. He plans to begin offering the course next fall.
“ Trigonometry is an important class for high school students to take before they go to college,” he said. �� And there are important uses for trigonometry in the real world.”
McCook Central has about 415 students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
Aaron Gough, a sophomore pursuing degrees in mechanical and metallurgical engineering, delivered 50 copies of each book during a trip home to Salem.
Kinzer is glad the books found a home where the will be used.
“ It felt good from a personal standpoint as well as for the bookstore and the university in general to help them out,” Kinzer said. “ We want to promote the learning of math and anything we can do to help students be better prepared, we’re happy to do it.”
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