Pennies for Patients was started in North Carolina in 1995, and since then millions of dollars have been raised by nearly 29,000 schools nationwide,with nearly $28 million in 2013-2014 alone. Pennies for Patients was started by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and all of the money raised goes towards helping find treatments and to help parents pay for their expenses.
Pennies for Patients lasts three weeks in either February or March, and the top schools in each area could receive prizes such as computers, electronics and sports equipment. BHS recently completed their Pennies for Patients weeks, and they raised a total of $475. They held two competitions during the week. The first contest was the cutest baby competition where NHS students placed seven pictures of NHS baby pictures for students to vote on in passing time. The cutest baby winner was Sydney Rosborough. They also did a Mr. Legs contest where they took pictures of the male faculty members legs and students donated for the best leg. The winner once again was Mr. Steve Waltrip.
Each academic support class competed to see who could raise the most money and the winner was Mrs. Alstat’s 6A class raising $83, with Mr. Brough’s class coming in at a close second. The students in the winning class get to enter their name in a drawing and one lucky student will get to throw a pie at the teacher of their choice. BHS did a great job raising $475 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Well done students!by Shayla Stokes
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