SCSD Students Collect Pennies for Patients

     Published on 5/12/15   Tagged under:    District News   

Students at a dozen schools in the Syracuse City School District have participated in ‘Pennies for Patients’ fundraisers to collect money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, raising close to $10,000 for the organization!
Meachem Principal Melissa Evans said the student council chose to do this fundraiser as part of their monthly life-skill focus “Choose to Make a Difference.”
“The students chose to help the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society because they thought it would allow them to help children with cancer,” Ms. Evans explained. “They recognized that many of us know someone affected by cancer and really wanted to help.  I think they realized how each donation, including the pennies, adds up to support others in a great way. They were amazed to see that their pennies, when added together, made dollars—and those dollars added up to over $800 with everyone's support!”
Students at H.W. Smith Pre-K-8 School participated for the same reasons, English teacher Danielle Donahue said. “We have multiple staff members who have been touched in some way by leukemia or lymphoma and my AVID class chose to do this.  We raised just about $1,700. The students learned about giving to others, accountability and about doing things for the right reasons. This was an amazing experience!”
Porter third grade teacher Lauren Kelley started her school’s fundraiser this year in memory of her late husband who battled ALL Leukemia. Together, students and their families collected $1,400.49. 

“The students were very passionate and felt good about themselves for contributing to the community and helping sick children. Raising awareness and community involvement in children's early years will help them to become more active and positive citizens, which is a focus of SCSD. I'm so proud of my students and their families for being such enthusiastic participants this year!” Ms. Kelley said.
Frazer third grade teacher Elizabeth Donaldson also chose to organize the fundraiser in honor of someone: a student in her class who has Hodgkins Lymphoma. “My class took part in collecting and counting the pennies for each classroom. They also made posters to hang up in the school and read announcements everyday to promote the fundraiser in the school. Our school raised a total of $763.51!” Ms. Donaldson said, adding that colleague Franche Robinson's fifth grade class raised the most money, $99.
Impressive collections were gathered by other schools as well, with Roberts Pre-K-8 School raising $192.61, Henninger High School raising $400, Syracuse Latin School raising $653.52, Grant Middle School raising $789.54, Salem Hyde Elementary School raising $800, McKinley-Brighton Elementary School raising $1,105 and Huntington Pre-K-8 School raising $1,417.71.
The Syracuse City School District makes it our mission to graduate students who are responsible, active citizens, and the overwhelming response to this year’s “Pennies for Patients” collections exemplifies this effort!