When Winamac Elementary School Principal Jill Collins presented a challenge to the students, they not only succeeded with it, they surpassed the goal.
Last Monday, Collins challenged the students to help raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Collins said the issue hits home.
“Recently, we had a first grade student diagnosed with leukemia at our elementary school and our students and staff really wanted to do something special in honor of his valiant with that,” explained Collins. “I contacted the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and we decided to participate in their Pennies for Patients campaign.”
A goal of $1,000 was set and after two days, the goal was met – and then some.
“I’m thrilled to report that we collected $2,316.14. That’s an awful lot of pennies!” Collins exclaimed.
When the challenge was extended to the students, Collins offered an incentive. If the students could collect $1,000, she would kiss a pig. As promised, Collins will kiss a pig this Friday afternoon at 2:45 p.m. ET in the elementary school.
“My dad is actually a lymphoma survivor and I’ve asked him to come down and hold the pig for me. Hopefully, that will be a nice moment for him as well.”
Collins said this experience has taught the students a valuable lesson.
“I think it teaches the students that every little bit adds up. We might not be able to write a check to solve all of the world’s problems, but if we all chip in just a little bit, we really can make a positive difference,” Collins said.