May 9, 2008 — The Kirk Elementary School Student Council recently held a penny drive to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), raising a total of $3,237.82.
The penny drive ran from March 26-April 11, during which each Kirk teacher collected coins from his/her students. Student Council representatives collected money from each class twice a week.
Sarah Brown, Kirk third-grade teacher and student council liaison, sent out a PowerPoint update after each counting session. She said that students exceeded the school goal at each update.
“The best part was that the students seemed to genuinely understand the reason for the penny drive, that it was not to win the prize at the end, but rather to help other kids who are in need of medical help,” Brown said. “It is such a great feeling to know that our school is making a difference in the lives of others. It is what our Student Council is all about—making our classrooms, school and community a better place.”
According to Brown, the top-raising classroom won a pasta party from Olive Garden, while the top-raising grade level earned a popcorn party from the PTO. The entire school was awarded a $300 Wal-Mart gift card for its fund-raising efforts.
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