Avon Heritage Elementary School Raises $20,000 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

School Raised Record-Breaking Amounts for the Organization’s Pennies for Patients Campaign.

UPDATE: On June 5 Heritage Elementary received a banner from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Congratulations Avon Heritage on your record-breaking achievement!

Penny Wars, Paint Nights, and Online Fundraising Face-Offs may seem like simple fundraisers for a school to partake in, but Avon Heritage Elementary School proved that small-scale events can come with a large payoff.

Throughout the month of February, the Heritage community planned events with one goal in mind: changing cancer.

And change cancer they did – to the tune of $20,000! All proceeds benefitted The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Pennies for Patients program.

With approximately 970 students in the school, coordinators and teachers Andrea Bailey and Amy Rottman got creative with this year’s fundraising efforts. The school hosted a family paint night, an online fundraising competition, classroom competitions, and more.

The school has participated in Pennies for Patients since 2005, raising more than $96,000 in that time. Last year, the school raised $16,289.82 – increasing their donations by more than $3,700 in one year!

Pennies for Patients kicked off at Avon Heritage in February, with students being inducted into the LLS Hero Squad at an assembly.

“These are kids who get really excited by the fact that they can help others,” said Erin Zaranec, Campaign Manager for Pennies for Patients. “The Avon Heritage community has been incredible to work with throughout the campaign’s history. This year, the students and staff were really dedicated to achieving record-breaking numbers and their efforts paid off.”

In addition to raising critical funds, students were connected with ‘Honored Heroes’ from Northern Ohio – local children who have been affected by blood cancers. Their stories are displayed throughout materials and students are encouraged to write letters of support and encouragement.

“This is the highest fundraising school we’ve had in Northern Ohio history,” said Lindsay Silverstein, LLS’s Northern Ohio Chapter Executive Director. “Because of new and better therapies, blood cancer survival rates for children have improved significantly during the last several decades, but there still more work to be done. Leukemia is one of the most common types of cancer in children and adolescents, so LLS’s Pennies for Patients program provides a meaningful way for kids to help kids. Avon Heritage is proof that a huge impact can be made with pennies.”


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