Powerful little fundraisers

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 5:15pm

The pupils of Mrs. Hart’s kindergarten class, for the past 13 years, have rolled pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters, only to turn those little stacks of coins into a powerful fundraising tool.

Since 2006, Hart’s Block Island School students have raised more than $22,000 for the Pennies for Patients program, which raises funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Mrs. Hart said her class is “consistently in the top 10” of all fundraisers in the state. Last year the school as a whole raised $2,830. The highest amount raised in one year came in 2016, when the school donated $3,640 to the program.

According to the literature issued by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the Pennies for Patients program “provides students a meaningful way to help their peers who are battling blood cancers — leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myeloma... They need support from the community — students, parents, and friends.”

That support started to take shape in Mrs. Hart’s class on the morning of Monday, March 11, when the 12 students in her class huddled together to start rolling those little coins that will soon be on their way to make a big difference.

This year’s fundraisers are: Skyler Bates, Alexis Brown, Keegan Closter, Rian Ernst, Jaxon Helterline, Nash Henshaw, Emma Land, McKenna Millikin, Korbin Nelson, Cadence Stinnett, Jameson Transue, and Jaheem Williams.

Anyone wishing to help the cause can drop their coins (or cash, or check) off at the Block Island School.