Mustang Horizon Students Raise & Donate Almost $3,700 To The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
(Mustang, Oklahoma – December 12, 2019) – “Every Hero Needs A Squad” is the slogan for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Pennies For Patients program, and that is just what they got when the Mustang Horizon HULK (Horizon Ultimate Leaders of Kids) Leadership students joined the efforts to “change cancer.”
Mustang Horizon Intermediate has a history of raising money to help fund cancer research. In years past, Horizon has played an important role in raising money for Relay For Life and the American Cancer Society. This year, principal Krista Edwards, presented the idea of the HULK students partnering with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and their student series called Pennies For Patients. “This was a great opportunity for us to expand our efforts to help raise money for cancer research,” said Edwards. “Cancer affects so many families, and, as a school, we had the opportunity to make an impact. When I presented the idea to our HULK students, they immediately wanted to be a part of this. The idea behind the program was something they were able to relate to because Leukemia affects kids just like them.”
Students began promoting and organizing with the goal to raise $1,500, but in just three and a half weeks the school raised a total of $3,635.84. To reach this feat, HULK students talked to their classes to explain the importance of the project, and every student in the school had a money box that they used to collect change from friends and family. Students also set up online accounts to send out to family members across the country and beyond. Teachers played an important role in the fundraising efforts as well by helping promote the campaign within their homeroom classes. One teacher even held an auction in class to raise funds. Students brought items and auctioned them off to their classmates.
"Pennies for Patients provided an opportunity for our school to serve others,” said Leadership Teacher, Ginger Davis. “It united us as a whole to work together for an important cause. It not only made an impact on our school, but allowed us to make an impact on society."
The check was presented to representatives from the Oklahoma Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at 2:00pm on Thursday, December 12, 2019.
About Pennies For Patients
Pennies for Patients ensures that no child has to take on cancer alone. As a science-based service-learning program, Pennies for Patients connects schools with local blood cancer patients, provides tangible life skills to participants, and allows students to see the impact they’re making in the lives of others. For more information visit: https://www.penniesforpatients.org/
About Mustang Public Schools
The Mustang Public School District covers over 72 square miles in Oklahoma and Canadian counties with the City of Mustang at its center. The district is the largest employer in Canadian County, with more than 1,000 certified and support employees. Voted one of Oklahoma’s Top Workplaces for the past two years, the school district offers a comprehensive compensation package for full-time employees, in addition to a satisfying working environment. There are eight elementary schools (grades PreK-4), three intermediate centers (grades 5-6), three middle schools (grades 7-8), one high school (grades 9-12), and an educational center which houses pre-kindergarten and alternative education.
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