Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Coins for Cancer
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.