Number of Participants: 100
Hours Donated: 1
Value of Time Served: $845
Event Amount Raised: $5,181
Event Type: Health & Medicine
Date: April 11, 2019
Students and staff at Newbridge Road Elementary School in the North Bellmore School District are making a big difference in the fight against cancer. The school raised more than $5,000 through the Pennies for Patients program to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
The student council, led by advisers Celeste Diogo and Amanda Schmitt, spearheaded the charitable endeavor. Collection boxes were placed in each classroom and students could drop their loose change or dollar bills inside.
The final total from the three-week collection drive was $5,180.96. Principal Denise Fisher said the goal was to raise $1,000 and the school exceeded that during the first week.
The second week of the drive featured spirit days from Pajamas and Pennies Monday to Team Up Friday, in which students were encouraged to wear a sports jersey and donate one dollar.
For the final week, there were STEAM activities around this year’s Pennies for Patients theme, “Every Hero Needs a Squad.” Each class built its own superhero out of recycled materials.
Students said that they were happy to contribute to such a meaningful cause, including Robin Brown and Julia Corcoran, who said they wanted to support children who are hospitalized and undergoing treatment.
“We want to help kids in need and help find a cure,” Robin said. “Even a small amount can make a big difference.”
Photo Caption: Representatives from Newbridge Road Elementary School’s student council hosted a three-week Pennies for Patients collection and raised $5,000.
Photo courtesy of the North Bellmore School District