For the eleventh consecutive year, Rolling Hills Middle School students are collecting change for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s “Pennies for Patients” campaign throughout February.
This year, for the first time, the community is invited to participate in hopes of helping the school reach a significant milestone.
“Last year, Rolling Hills was the number one school in Northern California for Pennies for Patients collections,” said Principal Debbie Bowers, noting competition each year between the classes helps drive donations of loose change, dollars and checks. “This year the kids want to be the top school in the entire state, and we support them in this endeavor. It is great to see the students excited about helping others.”
While this year’s goal of raising $8,000 is aggressive, Bowers added, the students are confident in their success, especially with welcome help from the local community.
On the last day of the school’s campaign, Friday, Feb. 25, a collection box will be placed in front of the school office, 7141 Silva Valley Parkway in El Dorado Hills, for community donations. From the hours of 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., members of the public can conveniently drop off spare change, dollars or checks (made payable to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society) in the marked receptacle. At the end of the day the total raised from the public will be counted and combined with the school’s total.
All funds raised through Pennies for Patients campaign will be given to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to benefit local patients who battle Leukemia, Lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease or Myeloma.
“Our students really get excited about this opportunity to help young people in need. This year, support from community can help us make even more a difference in the lives of others,” said Bowers.