Verbena students spread kindness

Published 2:29 pm Thursday, February 23, 2017

By JOYANNA LOVE/ Senior Staff Writer

VERBENA — Verbena High School students have raised more than $700 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma      Foundation through Pennies for Patients.

“It’s very rewarding. Students need opportunities to give and help others,” counselor Christina Cochran said. “It’s a lifelong skill.”

Cochran said students in grades kindergarten to sixth participated as a part of World Kindness Week.

Kindergarten collected the most change at Verbena Annex and fifth grade collected the most at Verbena High School. Each class will be rewarded with an ice cream party.

Coinciding with the fundraiser, students at Verbena Annex completed a collective 100 acts of kindness.

“Anytime a student was caught doing something nice, then the teachers would give them a heart and write out what it was,” Cochran said.

The paper hearts were displayed on a wall in the hallway.

Each student received a list of ideas to complete the kindness challenge. Some students helped friends at school. Some helped their parents.

Cochran said those who want to donate their loose change to the Leukemia and Lymphoma      Foundation can do so at the Coinstar machine in the Winn Dixie on Seventh Street North.