Vinland Elementary students bring in pennies
For the third year, the Student Leadership Team at Vinland Elementary School organized and participated in the Pennies for Patients program to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Numbering just under 100, the student body collected $1,150.56. The money goes for research and to make patient lives more comfortable.
Although Vinland students were not first in the total amount of money earned by a school, they were number one in the state of Kansas in the amount of money raised per student: $11.86
"First prize for highest amount raised per student was a 27-inch television," said Alica Thomas, third-grade teacher. "The school also received a $100 gift certificate to a school supply store."
The second grade, the single class to raise the most money at Vinland, earned a pizza party.
The Student Leadership Team, which meets once a week, is led by a board of officers comprised of fourth- and fifth-grade students. They are elected by the student body at the beginning of each year. Each class, first through fifth grade, also elects representatives. Last year, the students earned $642 for the Pennies for Patients Program. This year, they set an ambitious goal of $1,000 and exceeded it.
"The students brought in change every day over a three-week period," said Thomas, "and did an accounting every day, followed by the great unveiling, which revealed that they went over their goal. On Tuesday we learned that although we didn't make it into the top 10 in total earnings, we did earn first prize in amount raised per student."
Currently, the students are selling popcorn to raise money to donate books to the school library. Other community and school projects they've organized during the school year include gathering supplies for a veterans' hospital, collecting more than 800 cans of food for the needy, and operating a Reading Caf where students sit at tables, enjoy refreshments and order books to read from a menu.