The Hawthorne Elementary school community participated in a program called Pennies for Patients, a campaign to collect spare change to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The school goal was to collect $1,000 during the three-week fundraiser.
Students brought home small boxes and searched for spare change around their home, as well as asking family members and friends to donate to the cause. Every day, Hawthorne students would add their donations to their classroom collection box, and the school’s grand total would steadily increase. It wasn’t long before a healthy competition emerged between classrooms, as the top three classrooms were announced each week.
Through the commitment of Hawthorne students and families, the school raised a total of $4,217.28, quadrupling the original school goal. The Leukemia and Lymphoma society was thrilled with the effort the students put forward, and presented Hawthorne with a special banner which reads, “Champions of Change” to display proudly on campus.