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Spare change changes lives at Flaherty Elementary School

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With their buckets of coins, the students at Flaherty Elementary School did their part for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Pennies for Patients program.

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During the week of Nov. 13-17, Flaherty Elementary students participated in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Pennies for Patients program. Each day students were encouraged to bring in different types of coins – pennies on Monday, nickels on Tuesday, dimes on Wednesday, and quarters on Thursday. Friday was declared “Anything Goes Day” and students could bring in any type of coins, paper money or even checks. The overall school fundraising goal was $750. However, the students raised over five times this goal with a grand total of $3,754.32! Money raised during this program is used to fund blood cancer research and provide a wide variety of patient services.

Based on the amount of money raised, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society provides incentives to reward individual classes with the highest fundraising totals. The seven homerooms that raised over $100 received free ice cream sandwiches. These homerooms included Mrs. Bandurske, Mrs. Trotter, Mrs. Parker, Ms. Berry/Mrs. Tabor, Mrs. Lorigan, Mr. Emerson, and Mr. Woltz.

The seven homerooms that raised over $150 were given the choice between a pizza party or an ice cream sundae party. These homerooms included Mrs. Donna Thompson, Mrs. Hartman, Ms. Abadie, Mrs. Banks, Mrs. Seymour, Mrs. Ford, and Mrs. Miller. The remainder of the incentive money was spent to reward the entire student body with free chips and a school wide movie.

Mrs. Crosslin, the school counselor and program coordinator, is appreciative of the teachers, students, and their families for their enthusiasm and amazing generosity during this fundraising campaign. With the recent diagnosis of a Flaherty student with leukemia, this was a great opportunity for the students to make a difference while learning about helping others.

Out of 314 local schools that participated in the program during the past year, Flaherty Elementary had the fourth highest fundraising total. Once again, the Flaherty Blue Devils and their families met and exceeded all expectations!

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