South Range School teacher Sarah Muncey and South Range parent Susan McGill, organizers of the Coins Against Cancer campaign at the elementary school, said the school raised $2,014 for the fight against cancer.
South Range School mounted the campaign to raise money for the Jimmy Fund, and Muncey and McGill hope it will become an annual fundraiser.
“We thought it’d be neat to call it ‘Coins Against Cancer’ since each classroom would be collecting coins,” McGill said. “We also thought that donating to the Jimmy Fund would be appropriate, especially due to its history with pediatric cancers.”
The campaign, which ran April 4 through April 11, received an enormous boost from the Derry Village Rotary Club, which pledged to match 100 percent of the funds the students collected.
Muncey noted, “It gives us an enormous amount of joy and leaves us feeling so blessed that in five days we collected $2,014, and in 2014, how crazy is that! It’s been an amazing week, and the kids have learned so much. I had a student walk up to me, not realizing the event had concluded on Friday, and hand me 17 cents. Since Rally Friday, in addition to our bulletin board, we’ve also added a wall full of fantastic game pennants, encouraging ‘Healthy Habits,’ all designed by the kids.”
On Friday, April 18, at 9 a.m., Principal Matt Olsen will lead a short assembly. At that time Kevin Olson, the Derry Village Rotary president, will give the school the matching check, for a total of $4,028 the school will donate to the Jimmy Fund.