Lincoln Elementary raises over $7k for Pennies for Patients

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Lincoln Elementary School students, parents and staff members raised $7,329.80 for Pennies for Patients this year.

Cash and coins brought to school totaled $4,514.80, and online donations totaled $2,815.

For the last two weeks, classrooms in the school competed to see who could raise the most money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

"It goes back to supporting local community members that may have cancer," said Amber Fridley, school counselor. "They support and provide transportation costs, hotel costs for the families as they're traveling for treatment. Their money also goes into research for blood cancers and finding a cure," Fridley said.

During the first week, they participated in FLASH 48.


"During the FLASH 48, we looked to raise as much money as we can online in 48 hours. That's where that classroom online donation competition came in. Students are able to make a web page for themselves and then share that through their parents' social media or their family and friends' contact and raise money on their own homepage, which is connected to their classroom page, which is connected to our school page."

Sandra Hood's third-grade classroom raised the most money online — $440 — and will have a root beer float party to celebrate.

During the second week, students collected different coins each day for Bring the Change Spirit Week.

Monday, kids wore pajamas and brought pennies for their classroom boxes. Tuesday, they wore neon and brought nickels. Wednesday, they wore something shiny and brought dimes. Thursday, they wore crazy socks and brought quarters.

At the end of the second week, the winner of the classroom challenge was determined by the weight of the coins they collected.

"Each dollar bill was counted as a pound, so if a $20 was brought in, that would count as 20 pounds," she said.

Delona Mitchell's fifth-grade classroom raised the most money in coins — 507 pounds worth — and will have a pizza party to celebrate.

"I think it's important for the students to practice a community service and giving back to our community," Fridley said. "Our community is really involved in our school, and that doesn't just stay at our school. We like to share that and get it out there beyond just the four walls of our own building."

Kayla Henson is a former Dickinson Press reporter.
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