Students at the Bishop's Academy at Holy Family collected their pennies last month to benefit the Pennies for Patients program that supports the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Together, the students worked together and proved that every little bit can make a difference as they raised more than $1,100 for this worthy cause.
The Pennies for Patients program gives young students the opportunity to raise funds for blood cancer research and services for patients. This has special relevance for children as leukemia causes more deaths then any other cancer among children under age 20. Funds raised will help support the Leukemia and Lymphoma's mission where 75 percent of the Society's total annual expenses support cancer research, education, advocacy and services for patients.
This year the kindergarten classes at Bishop's Academy at Holy Family, led by teachers Karen Sparkes and Bernadette Timmins, organized, collected and counted all of the "pennies" donated. This effort is one of several monthly community service projects the students have worked on so far this school year.