West Hempstead Students Collect Pennies for Patients

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Cornwell Avenue Elementary School raised more than $5,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through Pennies for Patients. According to the organization’s website, Pennies for Patients is a science-based service-learning program that 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.

Student council faculty adviser Edna Messina organized the campaign and worked with students and parents to reach their goal of $5,000. The total amount raised was unveiled at a special assembly on Feb. 26. Students dressed as their favorite superhero to coincide with the Pennies for Patients theme, “Every Hero Needs a Squad.”