Pennies from Macopin

'Pennies for Patients' benefits Leukemia and Lymphoma Society


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  • Photos provided by Ken Ryerson Some members of the winning homeroom are seen under last year's banner.




  • The winning classes enjoyed a pizza party as a thank you for raising the most money for the Pennies for Patients fund raiser.



The Top 5
1a) Room 225- Lugerner Average $34.30 per student, $857.40 overall
1b) Room 121- Kuehn Average $22.81 per student, $114.60 overall
2) Room 115- Connolly Average $17 per student, $102.20 overall
3) Room D- Grus Average $13.11 per student, $157.29 overall
4) Room 219- Waddilove Average $11.87 per student, $71.20 overall
5) Room Chorus- Kaczor Average $4.26 per student, $243.80 overall

In just 11 days, students at Macopin Middle School raised $2,274.71 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society with their "Pennies for Patients" fund raiser.

Michelle Lugerner's homeroom 225 was the big winner this year collecting $857.40, an average of $34.30 per student. It was a record for the fundraiser with their total nearly doubling the previous record of $462.60 set last year. But they had some help. Last year's winning homeroom, headed by Keri Accavallo, donated all of the money they raised to Lugerner's class.

“In what can only be described as one of the most charitable acts of kindness in Macopin history - or at least since I've been here - Accavallo's homeroom donated all of the money they raised to Lugerner's homeroom after learning that one of their peer's fathers had passed away from leukemia," said Ken Ryerson, Macopin guidance counselor. "It was simply a stunning gesture, and one that I think we can all be proud of.”

Ryerson said Pennies for Patients is a fundraiser run by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). The goal of LLS is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

“It is our hope that our students learn about service, leadership, and philanthropy by participating in this fundraiser,” Ryerson said.

Each Friday, each student council homeroom representative brought their class donation box to Ryerson in the guidance suite, where he used a spreadsheet to tabulate and track all donations. After only three days of fund-raising, the students raised $265.25. By the end of week two, the students raised an additional $376.96. Despite snow days, there was a massive influx of donations for the final week; the students raised another $1,632.50, bringing the total amount collected for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society over 11 school days to $2,274.71.

Last year, students raised $1,814.25 in 13 school days, and were awarded a banner by the LLS that now hangs in the caféteria.

And, like last year, the top fundraising homeroom overall, the top fundraising homeroom per student and the second top fundraising homeroom each win their choice of a pizza or ice cream party.

Ryerson was pleased with the total raised over the past two years.

“Combined with the $1,825.17 we raised last year, Macopin has raised $4,099.88 for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society over the last two years.”


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