This past Thursday, our Pennies for Patients Campaign Manager, Erin Lutsko, had a delightful surprise waiting for her at Pleasanton Middle School, one of the several hundred Bay Area schools participating in Pennies for Patients, an in-classroom fundraising program for LLS.
The school had recently completed the program for the first time and asked Erin to join them for a check presentation assembly. They started off with a collective goal of $2,500 – the equivalent of each student raising $2 in change. A couple of days in, it was clear that a new goal was in order; they had raised more than $2,500 in the first four days!
With that, the students adjusted their goal to $5,000. Much to everyone’s amazement, they exceed this goal and then some by the end of the second week.
(Think about this for a minute. That’s $5,000 largely in pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters. It’s just incredible!)
The school administrators decided to keep the students’ success mum until assembly day. And with Erin present, they revealed to the entire student body (1,250 students), that they had raised a whopping $9,042.95!
“In my four years managing this campaign, this is the most a school has raised, by over $2K,” said Erin. “The principal shared that participating in Pennies for Patients truly brought the student body and staff together in such a positive light, creating a sense of unity and school pride.”
Thank you Pleasanton Middle School! We are honored to have you on our cancer-fighting team!
Interested in getting involved in Pennies for Patients? Contact Erin.Lutsko@lls.org for more information.