During the month of January, Fickett Elementary participated in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Pennies for Patients Drive. Over a three week period students were asked to collect coins and put them in a classroom collection box.
Since 1994, millions of dollars have been raised in pennies and other spare change by more than 10 million elementary, middle and high school students throughout the country. The funds benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. Students across the country collected pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters during the Pennies for Patients campaigns benefiting the Society.
“We are teaching our children to become change agent citizens, and I feel that this program will give students an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others,” said Mary L. King, the school counselor at Fickett.
This was the school’s 3rd year particpating in the service project, and this year Fickett joined 27,000 schools nationwide in the Pennies for Patients program. The school’s goal was to raise $2,000. In the Pennies for Patients campaign, the class collecting the most change in each school receives a pizza party. Prizes such as computers, electronics and sports equipment are presented to the top schools in each area. Once the donations are counted, the top class at Fickett will also receive tickets to the UniverSoul Circus.