Glen Edwards kicks off Pennies for Patients

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Every year, Glen Edwards Middle School participates in Pennies for Patients. Our school wanted to get involved and raise lots of money to help change lives. Hopefully, we did because we are determined to help others. Pennies for Patients is part of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s school and youth program. Many of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s advancements are used for patients with diseases beyond those for whom they were originally developed like solid tumors and auto immune disease. The money Glen Edwards raises will go to (help) cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, myeloma and improve the quality of life for patients and their families. After a representative from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s/Pennies for Patients talked to the leadership class, we knew we wanted to raise lots of money and make a change in people’s lives. Later in the week, we had a rally to kick the Pennies for Patient drive off. Even a little girl’s mom came and talked about her daughter’s journey. She said how her daughter was diagnosed with leukemia cancer and how Pennies for Patients/Leukemia and Lymphoma Society helped and changed their lives. Many people were excited to bring in their change and help many people like the little girl they had talked about at the rally. The day after the rally, the leadership students went from classroom to classroom talking about Pennies for Patients. Each student was sent home with a small Penny for Patients box to collect any loose change and bring it back to school. The student would then empty their small home copy box and dump it into the classroom box. The classroom box was then collected and dumped into their grade-level jug. At lunch, if you had cash like dollar bills, you could sabotage the other grade levels’ money. We started with a school goal of $10,000 and, so far, Glen Edwards has raised at least $3,500. It’s not close to our goal but it’s still good people participated and tried. Even though the penny drive ended March 16, we are still counting coins. Thank you, Panthers, for showing your panther pride and spirit! Keep up the good work! Mackenzie Meachim, Glen Edwards Middle School eighth-grader