Donating More Than Pennies

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Students, staff and administrators of Cornwell Avenue Elementary School raised more than $4,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through their Pennies for Patients fundraiser.

Leading a kickoff assembly at the school on March 3, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Campaign Specialist Alexa Landro explained to students that their donations will assist in finding cures and improving the quality of life for cancer patients and their families.

Over the course of two months, students were asked to donate spare change and create collection boxes so that friends, families and neighbors could give to the cause as well. During the last week of April, the classes sent their donations to the main office, where first-grade teacher Edna Messina, the fundraiser’s coordinator, tallied each class’s contribution.

Landro returned to Cornwell Avenue on April 28 for a closing ceremony that celebrated the school’s generous grand fundraising total of $4,001.76. Gathered in the gymnasium, Messina and fifth-grade student council representatives Ivana Jimenez and Gabriel Blanco expressed their sincere gratitude to the entire school for participating in this year’s drive.

Ivana and Gabriel awarded pennants to all 14 homeroom classes for their efforts; seven classes earned bronze for raising $100–$199, three earned silver for raising $200–$299, and four earned gold for collecting more than $300.

They also presented third-grader Lela Martin with a stuffed animal for pushing the school’s grand total over $4,000 with her contribution of $8.73. Additionally, Desiree Karroll’s class raised the most money with a total of $725.

Concluding the ceremony, teachers and staff performed a surprise flash mob dance to Justin Timberlake’s hit song “Can’t Stop the Feeling.” Dancing around the gymnasium, students and faculty were clapping, laughing and singing along as the teachers performed.

The district extends a special thank-you to Ms. Messina and the student council for organizing this successful fundraiser and giving the student body an opportunity to come together and help others.

Bronze Pennant Winners:
    Jennifer Brickman
    Danielle Napolitano and Susan Barnett
    Melissa North
    Joseph Papas and Dianna Hawxhurst
    Yvette Rowe
    John Santoro
    Barbara Silkes and Andrea Denimarck

Silver Pennant Winners:
    Melissa Averaimo
    Jennifer Corrado and Teresa Moore’s
    Aileen Sheridan

Gold Pennant Winners:
    Desiree Karroll
    Edna Messina
    Paul Selhorn
    Gabriella Simone and Susan Barnett’s