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Area schools collect "Pennies for Patients"
Kids across the state are giving away their coins for cancer patients. Hundreds of schools in Nebraska are participating in a nationwide project called Pennies for Patients and Pasta for Pennies program.
Dozens of schools in Hall County are participating. Students are running to give every cent they have stashed away. Schools in Grand Island are literally coming up with thousands of dollars all in change.
One penny at a time school kids are making a difference.
"I come up with 40 pennies, 8 nickels, and ten quarters and I found ten dimes," said second grader Isaiah Garcia.
"I just got the money out of my malt envelope and I took it," second grader Chris Oberst said.
Twenty-two schools total in Hall County and the Grand Island public school district registered to participate in Pennies for Patients and Pasta for Pennies program.
"We are trying to help the Leukemia, Lymphoma Society to help raise money to fight blood cancer," said Wasmer Elementary Counselor Cami See.
These are the faces of those who have battled the terrifying disease.
And some students emptied out their piggy banks to help these lives.
"I found some in the laundry room," said Aiden Nelson.
Other schools in Grand Island like the Early Learning Center, Wasmer and Dodge Elementary School are pressing to reach beyond their goals.
Last year participating Nebraska schools raised 204,000 dollars total.
The goal this year is 228, 000.
"As of today we have over $1800 as a school and our goal was to get to a thousand," said See.
"It's just a wonderful experience for the kids to learn charity donations just helping with the community," said Dodge Elementary Counselor Henrietta Nemechek-Glatter.
C Ray Gates finished up their campaign last week. They came up with over $2,000 in coins.
Starr Elementary had over $1100. Based on the numbers the district has already broken last year's total school average of $900.
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