Unless you have kids in K-12, there’s a good chance you have not heard of LLS’s Pennies for Patients program. Today, Pennies for Patients takes center stage and while I shine the spotlight on our top fundraising schools, it is my hope that you will be inspired to spread the word about this amazing program.
In short, Pennies for Patients is an in-classroom fundraising program for kids, K-12. Students collect spare change in support of LLS’s mission and their community’s honored hero (typically a child who is currently undergoing treatment for blood cancer). We supply the schools with materials and a curriculum and the top fundraising classroom earns a pizza party among other prizes.
But really Pennies for Patients is so much more than that. It’s a program that teaches kids about the importance of helping others. It often brings a school together and strengthens the community of students, parents, teachers and administrators.
This year’s 354 Pennies for Patients schools took the program to a whole new level, raising an incredible $358,000! That’s the equivalent of nearly 4.5 football fields if you were to place the pennies from end to end. In LLS terms, it translates to financial assistance for 3,580 Bay Area patients or annual funding for 5.5 Special Fellows in Clinical Research.
Congratulations and thank you to all of our schools! We are so proud of you. Here’s a list of the top 22 schools who all raised $3,000 or more.
- $7,000.00: St. Vincent Elementary School, Petaluma
- $6,331.85: Stratford School – Fremont, Fremont
- $6,227.39: Mt. Diablo Elementary School, Clayton
- $6,218.33: Phoebe Apperson Hearst Elementary School, Pleasanton
- $5,617.71: Iron Horse Middle School, San Ramon
- $5,293.79: King Middle School, Hayward
- $5,231.74: Bohannon Middle School, San Lorenzo
- $5,152.78: Fairlands Elementary School, Pleasanton
- $4,208.40: Star Of The Sea Elementary School, San Francisco
- $4,152.29: William Hopkins Jr. High School, Fremont
- $4,117.57: Sleepy Hollow Elementary School, Orinda
- $3,988.64: John Muir Middle School, San Leandro
- $3,747.77: Silverado Middle School, Napa
- $3,592.25: Angelo Rodriguez High School, Fairfield
- $3,465.84: Canyon Middle School, Castro Valley
- $3,444.56: Gehringer Elementary School, Oakley
- $3,307.91: Neil Armstrong Elementary School, San Ramon
- $3,262.17: Guy Emanuele Elementary School, Union City
- $3,193.63: Vanden High School, Fairfield
- $3,157.39: Iron House Elementary School, Oakley
- $3,053.73: Arroyo Seco Elementary School, Livermore
- $3,015.86: Oliveira Elementary School, FremontPennies for Patients runs for 2-4 weeks with schools choosing a time-frame in October, February or March that works best for them. To get your favorite school involved, contact Erin at 415.625.1125 or Erin.Lutsko@LLS.org.