J.W. Alvey Elementary School Raises $11,900 As Top School
May, 10, 2011 - The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Pennies for Patients Program has come to a close and the results are in with 425 local schools raising more than $645,000 and counting throughout the campaign. J.W. Alvey Elementary School was named top school raising $11,900 towards the mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Lakewood Elementary School, Potomac Elementary School, Oakland Terrace Elementary School and Glenkirk Elementary School round out the top 5 with totals of $11,260, $10,654, $9,551 and $7,008, respectively.
This year's top school, J.W. Alvey Elementary School attributes their success to the staff?s competitive spirit and ability to motivate students. This helped them to go above and beyond their original goal of $6,000 and raise $11,900 for Pennies for Patients. Students raised money in honor of one of their own classmate?s grandfathers who had recently passed from a form of blood cancer.
"The success of Pennies for Patients is due to the outstanding efforts of the students, families and teachers who are invested in this program," says Gabrielle Urquhart, National Capital Area Chapter Executive Director. "Leukemia affects more children under the age 20 than any other cancer. This program provides an opportunity for children to learn that every penny counts in the fight against blood cancers. We thank all of the volunteers who helped to make this the most successful Pennies campaign yet - and look forward to seeing what next year will bring."
Thirteen high schools took the Pennies for Patients program to the next level and competed in the High School Challenge in February. These thirteen schools raised a total of $95,000 in just four weeks. The top fundraising school, Walter Johnson High School raised more than $38,000, brining their six-year fundraising total to $114,963.
Each year, millions of students across the U.S. join the fight against blood cancers through the Pennies for Patients® program. The three-week program takes place in schools throughout the nation in February or March. Students collect spare change to support blood cancer research and patient services. The programs include special classroom lesson plans that support service learning and character education.
Participating schools are paired with a local childhood blood cancer survivor. The National Capital Area Chapter's Honored Students for 2011 are sixteen-year-old Jonathan Faure, a leukemia survivor, Amanda Johnson, a sixth-grader recently recovered from Hodgkin's Lymphoma, and five-year old Avery Pettway, currently undergoing treatment for leukemia. Schools received photos and stories from the three students along with words of inspiration from their families to help make the connection to the LLS mission.
It?s never too early to register your school for the 2012 Pennies for Patients program. Please visit www.schoolandyouth.org/nca or call 703-399-2943 to learn more about how you can get your school registered to make a change in the lives of blood cancer patients and their families.