The students and staff at the Heritage Landing Alternative Program knows how important it is to give back to the community. They also know that sometimes, big change can come in small increments. That’s why they recently joined forces with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, to help make (and collect) change. Pennies for Patients is a three-week program for K-12 Schools where students collect change, and raise funds online, while learning about service and philanthropy. Staff members Deborah Way and Jennifer Barry organized the fundraiser at Heritage.
“I am very appreciative of the staff that volunteered to coordinate the fundraiser for the school,” said Principal Dr. Tony Haan. “It allowed us as a school community to set a goal, and all work together to achieve it. Each classroom set individual goals, and the staff planned fun ways to continually engage the students in their fundraising efforts.”
Heritage held a variety of fundraising activities, including a hat day, pajama day, and a special movie showing with popcorn and soda. They also had a pancake breakfast and a relay race…but not too soon after breakfast. At the end of the three weeks, Heritage had raised more than $800!
Dr. Haan was understandably proud of the effort. “The care that the students were able to demonstrate was very humbling. Students, parents, staff, district office personnel, and friends all worked together. For a small school of 30 students, I am very proud to say they not only met their goal, they smashed it!”
The Heritage effort is a great reminder that working together, we can have a positive impact on our community – and have fun at the same time.