There has been an overwhelming response with the leukemia research penny drive fundraiser hosted by the elementary classes at Richfield Springs Central School (RSCS).
Many staff members were rolling coins and RSCS community service coordinator Bethann Hammer recruited seniors who needed community service hours to help roll and tabulate how much money was brought in by each homeroom.
The students were challenged to bring in pennies and pocket change as a supplemental activity in conjunction with the other fundraising events that have taken place in recent weeks. These included the leukemia research spaghetti dinner, donkey basketball game and Chinese auction held February 27-28.
“We are at the $7,000 vicinity,” noted RSCS fifth grade teacher Chuck McMann. “We are still awaiting word how much Thrivent Financial Group for Lutherans is contributing. Many of us were rolling currency during the nail biter Big East Basketball Tournament on television over the weekend.”
The staff chose to roll the coins themselves with student help rather than take the coins to an auto coin sorter, where 8% of the money is deducted for the convenience of the coin-sorter service.
“We wanted it all to go to research and the response exceeded our expectations,” McMann said.