From April 18 through May 4, USD 251 North Lyon Country Junior High School’s Student Council hosted a Pennies for Patients campaign. The goals of this program are to raise both funding and awareness for patients with blood cancers through cooperation with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Kristy Dekat, Junior High English teacher and Student Council sponsor, stated, “It has been wonderful working with LLS (The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society) for this campaign. We had a collection box in every classroom, and every student had a personal box to tote change back and forth from school to home ... I am so proud of our kids. The STUCO (Student Council) kids made the decision to adopt this campaign and they worked full-force to make it happen ... everybody pitched in; it is wonderful to see how generous and caring our students are.”
Throughout the campaign, classes competed in a daily race to see who could bring in the most money. There were also several goals set up with stunts that staff members would perform for the funding raised as a school. “We want the classes to know that even though they are competing, this is a team effort,” Dekat said.
By May 4, the school had raised $1,945 for LLS.
“We had come so close to our $2,000 goal,” said Dekat, “so we decided to do one last event to get us there.”
On Tuesday, May 8, STUCO held a Celebration Assembly in honor of the work students had done to raise blood cancer awareness and funding. The classes that had earned the most money for the campaign got to choose which teachers enacted the crazy stunts like kissing a cow, getting pied in the face, being a target for water balloons, and being dressed up by the students for the day.
As a final surprise fundraiser, students were also allowed to purchase water balloons to throw at their teachers for $1 each. “I was amazed by the number of students who wanted to buy balloons!” Dekat said. “We had such a demand that the Student Council members had a line at the water tap waiting for more balloons after all the pre-filled ones had been used. We raised an additional two hundred and thirty dollars; I guess [the students] really wanted to get us back for the year!”
In total, the school raised $2,175 through the Pennies for Patients campaign. The money will be donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. “I could not be more proud of our kids,” Dekat stated.