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HES students collect pennies

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By The Staff

Students at Havana Elementary School will again participate in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Pennies for Patients program, one of the society’s national school and youth programs that raises money to find cures for leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma while providing information and support services to patients and their families.

Pennies for Patients teaches students caring, sharing, respect for others and the value of community service, in addition to supporting an important cause. The need for cures is critical: 747,465 Americans are battling blood cancers, and leukemia remains the No. 1 fatal cancer among children and youth adults under the age of 20.

Havana Elementary’s Pennies for Patients program will take place through Jan. 30. The class raising the most funds in the school will receive a catered luncheon.

The winning classroom last school year was Annette Ford’s first grade class. The school may also qualify for additional prizes based on the amount raised. Last year the school raised $1,410.66. The goal for this year is $3,000. Students involvement with this teaches them that they can make an important difference in the lives of others. Guidance counselor Patricia S. Harris believes that this continues to be wonderful program for the students to take part in and the expected results of their efforts will benefit an outstanding organization.

You can also donate to this cause. Please send your donations to Havana Elementary School in care of Patricia Harris. All checks or money orders should be made out to the school. The school thanks you for what you do to help the Pennies for Patients drive.

For more information, please call the school at 539-2009 and ask for Harris at extension 5242.