Pennies for Patients

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Walt Whitman Elementary School students recently pulled together to raise more than $3,500 for a very important cause – the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. An issue close to the students’ hearts, the Walt Whitman Student Council began spreading awareness about leukemia and lymphoma and distributing collection canisters to the different classrooms for families and staff to donate to the LLS’s Pennies for Patients program.

The effort consisted of incentives to classes that reached donation benchmarks, including board games and ice cream parties provided by the Walt Whitman PTA, “Walt Whitman ROCKS” bracelets for each class member, a basketball game of Knockout with principal Chad Synder and a pizza party to the top fundraising class. Students also created get well cards for distribution by the LLS.

Pictured are the school’s top two fundraising classes, taught by Nina Trembly and Lisa Steinberg. Trembly is pictured at bottom right along with student council advisers Michele Strauss (back left) and Sharon Schaefer.

Also pictured, students are seen displaying their Walt Whitman Rocks bracelets and board games, while others display the get well cards they made.