Lily Lake Elementary collects $1,503 for Pennies for Patients

Lily Lake Elementary School students raised $1,503 for Pennies for Patients over the last month.

Brynne Halverson (left) and Katelyn Russo (far right) smile at the camera after getting their hair cut by Erica to celebrate the end of the pennies for patients fundraiser at Lily Lake Elementary.  (Photo courtesy of Jaqueline Miller)

Brynne Halverson (left) and Katelyn Russo (far right) smile at the camera after getting their hair cut by Erica to celebrate the end of the pennies for patients fundraiser at Lily Lake Elementary.
(Photo courtesy of Jaqueline Miller)

Students worked together and kept First State Bank employees busy counting coins each week. This was their fourth year being involved in the cause. The top fundraising class was Mrs. Johnson’s fourth graders. They collected a total of $239.44 and won a Domino’s Pizza party.

In addition to raising money, two students and one staff member donated their hair to “Locks for Love” which makes wigs for cancer patients. Custodian Bob McGinnis and fourth-graders Brynne Halverson and Katelynn Russo got their hair cut by Erica from Regis Salon in Oak Park Heights to celebrate the end of the month’s collection.

Money raised by Pennies for Patients goes towards helping kids with leukemia. It is the most common cancer in children and young adults less than 20 years old, an estimated 1,012,533 Americans are living with blood cancer. Since 1992, $7.5 million has been raised locally by thousands of students across the country.

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