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Pasta for Pennies - FVES Raises Money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
For the next three weeks, Mr. Wikfors' 4th and 5th grade AIG students will be instrumental in raising funds for life saving cancer research. The students in his classes have taken on a leadership roll and are completely in charge of organizing, promoting, and collecting spare change for the Lukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). This program supports LLS's mission: to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma and to improve the quality of life for patients and their families.
At the beginning of the week his AIG students researched the goals of the program and presented this information (in small groups) to each class in the school. Every morning they are responsible for an announcement highlighting important facts about cancer and success stories, as well as, keeping the school informed about the progress of the program. They collect change collected in each classroom and delivery it to the front office to be counted and recorded.
In addition to the change collected around the school, they are also selling paper pennies in the front office. Students who purchase a paper penny will get a piece of duct tape in the hopes of taping Mr. Wikfors to the wall for an entire day. This will only occur if the school meets their agreed upon goal of $1,000.
Excitement and benevolence is running high at Fairview! Students are searching their homes and cars looking for change to bring in to school. Early reports are encouraging! We've heard reports of classrooms collecting from between $100 to $400 dollars already (per classroom). Mrs. Seighman told his classes that the paper pennies are a hot item (sorry Mr. Wikfors) and are being sold in bunches.
In addition to collecitng money for the LLS, Mr. Wikfors hopes that his students will feel a sense of accomplishment and are learning important life long lessons of service, leadership, and philanthropy.
Written by: Richard Wikfors
Posted: Jan 31, 2013 by Richard Wikfors