For the past ten years, Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy in Howard Beach has been a part of a very special cause, “Pennies for Patients,” an organization that raises money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
“Pennies for Patients” ensures that no child has to take on cancer alone. As a science-based service-learning program, “Pennies for Patients” 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.”
OLGCA kicked off the fundraising with an assembly in which a representative from “Pennies for Patients” comes to talk to the students about the significance of this organization and how they can make a difference. To raise money, the students hold weekly class competitions; for the third year in a row, some of the eighth-grade students have organized “Shoot for a Cure,” a basketball fundraiser. Each student brought in a certain amount of money to have the opportunity to shoot as many baskets as they could, the more money-the more chances one gets. Not only did the students enjoy themselves, but they recognized the importance of supporting those who need help, a true testament of their Catholic faith.
It is a phenomenal way to teach students that they can have a positive impact on the lives of others. The OLG students raised a very impressive $1,050.00, and “We could not be any more proud of them,” exclaimed Principal Marybeth McManus.
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