Jackson Heights Students Collect Pennies for Patients

What: Jackson Heights Students Collect ‘Pennies for Patients’

When: Now through Friday (Feb. 4)

Where: Jackson Heights Elementary School, 225 Jackson Street, Red Bluff, CA

Jackson Heights Elementary School 6th graders are collecting pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters from January 18 to February 4 as part of the Pennies for Patients campaign. All funds raised will benefit The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

During the 2008-2009 school year, Jackson Heights Elementary School student Jessica Leaver was diagnosed with leukemia, a cancer of the blood and/or bone marrow. Jessica is currently in remission and now her fellow students want to help raise money for other children battling the same disease. Pennies for Patients donation boxes have been placed in each classroom and each student has received his or her own individual collection kit. Participating students have set a goal of raising $100 per class.

“Our students understand that they are part of a community and we are proud that they want to help others,” comments Hannah Moore, Jackson Heights Elementary School teacher, “When the twins, Jessica and her sister Samantha, came to our class meetings and asked for other students’ help (and for the teachers to help them organize), they all jumped in whole-heartedly and we have not looked back. Poster parties at lunch, folding the collection boxes for all K-3 students and now counting and collecting money — they are giving back in a way that matters to them.”

Since 1994, the Pennies for Patients campaign has raised millions of dollars in pennies and other spare change by more than 10 million elementary, middle and high school students across the country. To learn more about the Pennies for Patients campaign, visit www.leukemia-lymphoma.org.

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