Penny by penny, coin by coin – the jars quickly filled, thanks to the generosity of students and staff at Liberty Early Childhood School.
The recent community service project blasted through the goal, raising $3,488.97, which is a school record. “We had to keep increasing our goal, since we just kept pushing through it,” says Dana Hallgarth, counselor at Liberty ECS. “They did a great job collecting coins for a meaningful cause. Kids helping kids is always amazing!”
All of the coins were forwarded to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, specifically to support their Pennies for Patients efforts. Throughout the collection, Liberty ECS incorporated various activities in order to boost the donations.
“We had a friendly competition during our Math Night with each grade collecting coins,” adds Hallgarth. “It was close, but our first graders brought in the most, with $474.26 donated just that evening.”
The Liberty Leaders helped a lot with the project, encouraging other students to get involved and helping to spread the word to Liberty families. “We also had a generous donor who gave $1,200 because the students reached the school-wide goal. She wanted to matched their efforts and, as a non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma survivor, it was a way for her to give back while encouraging our students.”