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Raider students collecting 'Pennies for Patients'

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com

Every February for the past decade, kids at Shenandoah Elementary School have dug deep to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

All those pennies from under the couch cushions have added up over the years, too.

They hope to keep the momentum going this year and have a collective goal of $2,500 in mind.

Shenandoah Elementary School Administrative Assistant Jan Frazier organizes the annual “Pennies for Patients” fundraiser.

Frazier said the kids get excited about the idea of raising the money. One year, they were able to collect $4,700 before the deadline, she said.

The young Raiders can collect donations outside of school, or they can participate in Theme Days for $1 each Friday.

This week’s theme is “Blue and Gold Day.” Next Friday, it’s “Hat Day.”

On Feb. 22, the final day for donations, everyone who pays $1 can come to school in their pajamas. Frazier said this is an SES favorite.

Shenandoah students can earn little prizes for hitting certain donation benchmarks, too. The prizes range from temporary tattoos to zipper clips to T-shirts.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society offers incentives to kids and classes who set up online donation pages, too.

The school has it’s own donation web page at events.lls.org/pages/in/ShenandoahElementarySchool-2019

The class who raises the most money during Pennies for Patients will win a pizza party courtesy of Papa Pepperoni’s.

The class with the most online donations will get an ice cream party provided by SES.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society also uses the fundraiser as a teaching opportunity for participating elementary schools.

The organization offers a STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) curriculum teachers can use to help the kids understand what they are actually raising money for.

One activity in the STEM curriculum is about the science of blood. The lesson teaches kids what blood is, what it is made of and what it does in the body.

Shenandoah-area community members can support the local Pennies for Patients by donating online or by dropping donations off at the office.