Wellington students spent the past few months raising money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Palm Beach Chapter, as part of the Pennies for Patients program.
Renaissance Charter School at Wellington, Renaissance Charter School at Cypress and Renaissance Charter School at Palms West took part in a Penny War in which students and staff challenged each other to collect the most money.
Raising nearly $2,282 in three weeks, Renaissance Charter School at Wellington won the challenge. Principal Mary Beth Greene; Karla Santiago, administrative assistant to the principal; teacher Jessica Fischer, Pennies for Patients coordinator; and kindergarten and first-grade students attended an award ceremony and check presentation.
“We are truly grateful to the students and faculty of Renaissance Charter schools through our Pennies for Patients campaign. Their commitment to instilling leadership and support for those fighting cancer will add tremendously to our mission to find cures for blood cancers,” Pamela Payne, executive director, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Palm Beach Chapter, said in a news release.
During its annual Pie Day, Elbridge Gale Elementary School students paid $10 to pie a teacher, $20 for an assistant principal and $30 for the principal in order to raise more than $2,000 for Pennies for Patients.
“This is our fourth annual Pie Day, so our kids look so forward to this event every year, and now it runs like such a well-oiled machine,” Nicole Martinez, guidance counselor at Elbridge Gale Elementary School and Pennies for Patients coordinator, said in a news release. “We all try to have fun with it, as we know what an amazing cause it supports. The kids think it’s the best thing ever when they get to pie their teachers.”