CES raises $5,100 to fight cancer

Published 10:37 pm Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Clanton Elementary School has raised $5,100 for charity—except the amount wasn’t in dollars, but dimes, nickels and mostly pennies.

The “Pennies for Patients” Campaign raised $5,142.11 for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Students were given small boxes to bring change in every day, and little by little, the amounts started adding up.

Preschool teacher Maria Porter helped organize the campaign.

Her 5-year-old daughter, Jensyn, was diagnosed with leukemia two years ago.

Porter said she was ecstatic about the fund-raiser.

“It’s very humbling,” she said. “There aren’t many families that haven’t experienced leukemia, or some type of cancer. People could relate to it.”

Some 23 classrooms at Clanton Elementary raised at least $100 for the cause. Those classes will receive a pennant to hang in their room.

Rene Matthew’s second-grade class raised the most money, $500.33, and will receive a pizza party for being the top class.

Students collected the change Jan. 12-29.