LHHS Pennies for Patients campaign
By Izzy Scheiderer, communications intern 
 
At Licking Heights High School, the Student Council did a great job helping with the Pennies for Patients event. Students from each class would bring in their spare change to their first period class. Each class had a cardboard box that held the money. The first period classes competed over who could bring the most money in and along with this, the Student Council arranged a spirit week to get students involved in this. All the money collected was donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Competition really helped in making this event well known to the public. Samantha Flanagan, the Student Council Vice President, stated that, “...the competition between a couple of first period AP classes helped gain interest and participation from the top supporting classes.” The Student Council also held a spirit week for the first time to have the students gain a bit more interest for the drive. This week had turned out to be fun for students, as they had made a difference by donating and showed their school spirit. Prizes to the top classes were given out as well: First place received a class donut party, second place received a cookie party, and third place received candy. 

Since 1949, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society has been able to invest $1.2 billion in researching to find a cure for cancer in the blood. Their goal is to help find a cure and improve the lives of the patients. With the money donated from the students, they are able to reach these goals. By donating, students were able to help create a better world for patients with Leukemia, Lymphoma, Myeloma, and Hodgkin’s disease. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is always taking donations and anyone can donate online or by check anytime. These donations make a huge difference!

Though the drive did not raise as much money as planned, Licking Heights was still able to make a great donation to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Flanagan believes that “...we can make it an annual thing with better publicizing in the future.” All in all, the drive turned out to be very successful and hopefully as years go by, students will continue to donate money. All of the spare change donated still made a huge impact for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society!

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