Students round up pennies and contribute $1,300 toward cancer research

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Warren Elementary third-grade leadership students count change gathered during the schools Pennies for Patients fundraiser, which benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Students at Warren Elementary School finished their three-week-long “Pennies for Patients” fundraiser Friday, Feb. 28. The school raised about $1,300 in change over the three-week period, including $600 raised at a school play, “Romeo and Juliet, Wild Thing, You Make My Heart Sing.”

All money raised will be donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Amanda Thurman, counselor at Warren Elementary, said students watched videos to learn about the two different types of blood cancers prior to launching fundraiser. Thurman said she also spoke about the cancers to each class individually.

Thurman“It was amazing to see their empathy,” she said. “It’s something near and dear to kids’ hearts.”

Thurman said this was the first year Warren Elementary held this particular fundraiser. She added she heard stories of students doing extra chores at home to bring more change in each day.

Since each class raised more than $100, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society will throw a schoolwide party, Thurman said. The class that raised the most was Warren’s second-grade class, bringing in $182.42. That class will be awarded its own pizza party.

By the end of the fundraiser, Thurman estimated the school had about 60 pounds of change sorted into six boxes.

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