MOUNT VERNON — Students at Dan Emmett Elementary School, and their families, enthusiastically stepped up to the plate and raised more than $1,500 in this year’s Pennies for Patients Drive.
Sponsored by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the Pennies for Patients Drive benefits the children in Central Ohio who battle against blood cancers.
Carrie Martin’s fourth-grade class won a poster contest associated with the drive, and was awarded a popcorn party for their efforts.
Students were also able to hang a coin in the hallway, buy old books and wear hats for their donations.
Each week, one class was awarded a Traveling Pig trophy to display in their room for bringing in the most donations that week. Mandy Clutter/Kara Doup’s kindergarten class won the first two weeks, bringing in $208.34. The classroom that brought in the most donations overall was Janet Jones’ third-grade class with $246.57. The trophy will remain in their classroom until the drive next year. They will also receive a pizza party courtesy of Domino’s Pizza.
Dan Emmett will also receive a $150 gift card for school supplies and be entered into a lottery drawing for a classroom tour of the research laboratory at The James Cancer Hospital.