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Posted March 4, 2014

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Students Collect Nearly $5,000 in Change for Cancer Research

The students at Hubert Humphrey Elementary held a three-week penny drive that raised $4,756.56 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

The student council at Hubert Humphrey Elementary sponsored a Pennies for Patients drive for three weeks in February during which students were challenged to bring in spare change. In the end the school's 20 classes each raised more than $100 for a net total of $4,756.56.

The council consists of about 25 students who are elected by the student body. Each year the students decide on community projects to support with the help of sponsors Adrienne Grindstaff, a second grade teacher, and Chrissy Libutti, who teaches first grade.

When the kids decided to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society this year, representatives from the organization came out and talked to the student body about opportunities they provide elementary and middle school students to raise money for blood cancer research and patient services.

“It really helped to motivate the classes and jazz up excitement," said Mrs. Grindstaff.

Student councilors were in charge of making posters, marketing to all the classes and collecting the money.

“The leadership skills that the kids gain are amazing," said Mrs. Grindstaff.

The fundraiser was one of many that the Hawks’ student council has participated in over the years. Just this year the student council’s efforts have included collecting over 300 hats to donate to the Ronald McDonald House at UNM Children’s Hospital. They also collected canned food for the Storehouse and held a flip flop and hat drive for the APS Clothing Bank.

“They are very passionate and caring and feel a real sense of accomplishment by helping others," said Mrs. Grindstaff.

These students are getting a head start on what could be a lifetime of volunteering and giving back to their community.

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