Elementary and middle school campaign raises $1,329.89 for good cause (Hometown Press article)

posted May 4, 2017, 6:51 PM by webmaster@lshawks.org


K-8 students gathered up spare change Apr. 24-28 and gave to the Pennies for Patients Campaign, a fundraiser organized by the middle school student council to help fight blood cancer in conjunction with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Each day of the week featured a dress-up theme and suggested donation denominations such as penny pajama day, neon nickel day, 10-cent team day, crazy quarter day, and Hawk giving day.

The fundraiser has special meaning for L-S School Nurse Justine Wyma who is a leukemia survivor and shared her personal story with the students during science class. She taught them about leukemia – how it affects the body and person, how it is tested, what leukemia cells look like under a microscope, treatment options, and how the efforts to raise money help research and families affected.

Middle school student council members hold the $1,329.89 giant check presented to Jordan Allen, campaign manager for the Iowa Chapter of Leukemia and Lymphoma Society on Monday, May 1. Shown left to right are: Elizabeth Squires, Greenlee Smock, Braden Alberts, Lily Zylstra, Noah Johnson, Jaden Brand, Hadley Tice, Abby Squires, Kyle Squires, Caitlin Alberts, Aliya James, and Mr. Joel Harthoorn, student council sponsor.

On Monday, May 1, student council members presented a check for $1,329.89 to Jordan Allen, campaign manager for the Iowa Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The kindergarten classes gave the most money, just over $300, over the course of the week-long campaign.

“What an amazing amount of giving displayed by our K-8 students,” said Mr. Joel Harthoorn, middle school student council sponsor. “I am sure that some moms and dads are going to be wondering what happened to their change stash this week!"

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