Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Coins for Cancer

Sergio Davis

Last year Coins for Cancer was called Pennies for Patients.

It's a Student Council project to raise money to benefit children with cancer. The idea is to donate the coins that collect wherever pockets are emptied.

Last year the 170 students in our little school collected in approximately $1000 in pennies.

Members of the Student Council spent the best part of a day counting and rolling 100,000 pennies. In the end they decided that they didn't have the patience for "Pennies for Patients."

This morning 2 members of the Student Council came into kindergarten to make a request: "Please no more pennies!" (In the first couple of days the kindergarten had filled the collection can and I think Student Council found more copper coins than they had hoped.)

We talked briefly about nickels, dimes, quarters. Someone asked if they could put paper money into the collection jar.

"Oh sure," came the answer. "In sixth grade that's what lots of us do. Bills are fine."

We talked, too, about kids and cancer. I explained that cancer is a very serious disease that sometimes kills the people who have it. Coins for Cancer will help people make new medicines to treat cancer and help pay for treatments for children who don't have enough money.

The message must have hit home with Sergio who's lost his father to cancer.

Without calling any attention to himself, Sergio went over to the collection jar, pulled a dollar out of his pocket, folded it, and slid through the slot and into the collection can.

But Mrs. Frech doesn't miss much. She saw him do it.

Level 1, Sergio. Level 1.


Culmom37 said...

I have personally lost family and friends to the hideous disease of cancer. It has touched everyone I know in some way. I think it is a good idea to let children of all ages know and understand what cancer is because odds are, they will have to deal with it sooner rather than later. I am sorry for Sergio, but the truth is there are many other children dealing with a loss or worse yet, fighting the disease themselves. The thought of not being able to see my children grow up literally breaks my heart just thinking about it.

My one true hope is that we will find a cure and nobody will have to watch their loved one be laid to rest before their time is due.

Dan Gurney, Mr. Kindergarten said...

Yes, the longer we live the more times cancer will touch our world. It's the way it is.

I was really touched by Sergio's spontaneous generosity. Things like that mean so much more to me as I get older.

This morning there was quite a crowd of kindergarteners putting money into the collection can. I was impressed. (Belle, too!)