SOUTH FORSYTH -- Vickery Creek Middle School students recently raised nearly $3,800 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
The school participated in the annual Pennies for Patients program, collecting spare change from home and school to donate to the organization. The drive was sponsored by the school’s Junior Beta Club.
“This was a great experience for our students,” said Cathy Shirkey, the club’s sponsor. “It taught them that they can make an important difference in the lives of others.
“It is gratifying that our students’ efforts are benefiting an outstanding organization like LLS.”
In total, students raised $3,716.94 in pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters to help the organization advance its mission to find cures for the diseases.
Last year, more than 750 schools in Georgia raised $663,000 toward the $21 million national collection through schools and youth programs.
“It was so inspiring to see the Vickery Creek Middle School students volunteer and really care about helping others,” said Stuart Winborne, the senior campaign manager for the Georgia chapter.
“It’s a program that is truly meaningful for them because leukemia is a disease that impacts children, and the students learn that they can really make a difference.”