MI Sixth Graders Raising Money for LLS Cure

MI Sixth Graders Raising Money for LLS Cure
Posted on 03/13/2018
MI StudentsLeukemia and Lymphoma are personal in Mason City Schools. While there are many Mason student and staff warriors fighting these diseases, there are also many Comets committed to finding a cure.  

Three sixth grade teams - Innovation, Quest, and Venture participated in The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Student Series Program, Pennies for Patients. The service learning project took place the week of February 26-March 2, and all money raised benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

"In addition to our wing’s fundraiser, the entire Mason Intermediate campus will participate in a Kona Ice fundraiser in March. Kona Ice will donate 50% of their proceeds!" shared MI Team Innovation Sixth Grade Math teacher Amy Boynton. "Last year, the MI campus raised over $10,100 for LLS, which funds groundbreaking research to find better treatment and cures, provides free information, education, and support services for those impacted by a blood cancer, and fight for life saving policy changes. We are so excited and hope to raise awareness and lots of money again!"

Many MCS students know someone who has or has had cancer, and this fundraising program gives students the opportunity to raise funds that improve the quality of life for patients, and may even inspire some to become scientists. Many individuals in our Mason community have been affected by a blood cancer, and students at MI learned more about these heroes and the fundraising campaign during the kick off event on February 23.  

This year, the Honored Heroes include survivors Ella Boynton, daughter of Team Innovation math teacher Amy BoyntonMaeryn Kelly, current sixth grader on Team Patriots, Ben Terribilini, brother of sixth grader Jill Terribillini on Team Venture, Liz Fiehrer, fifth grade reading teacher, Lynne Hutchinson, fifth grade ACT teacher, and Jackie Barnes, sister of Team Innovation science teacher Lindsey Colvin

Unfortunately, there have also been many individuals who have lost their life to cancer and they will be missed by our Mason community and their families. Two of whom were honored as well, including Maya Collins who passed away on October 3, 2017 and Alonso Ortiz, who lost his battle on January 15, 2018.

Students were encouraged to bring in donations throughout the week consisting of any coins or bills. Every penny does count! All funds will be sent directly to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

"We ARE Saving Lives! For our Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Fundraiser, Teams Innovation, Quest, and Venture collected as much as we could by bringing in any amount of coins and bills each day," shared Amy. "We had many checks given and through our online donations to this point and some money from the Chipotle fundraiser a couple of weeks ago, we raised $4,288.44."

This amount will be added to the Kona Ice Fundraiser for the entire campus later this month.
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