LHS Penny Drive
March 1, 2017
LHS STUCO is once again hosting the annual penny drive, a school-wide fundraiser supporting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The school-wide goal is $500. With some hard work and school-wide dedication, it can be done to support a good cause.
“The penny drive supports the Leukemia and Lymphoma society,” said Louisburg High Junior Scott Murphy. “I really like what we are trying to accomplish with the drive. It shows that we are supporting our fellow community members and peers.”
During the months of February and March, there are many promotional activities for the penny drive besides just the class competition of advisory donation boxes. On February 10, students were allowed to wear a hat or jersey for $1.00. During lunch on February 21 and March 1, STUCO was offering shaved iced for $2.00. On February 24, STUCO members were planning on collected donations at the home basketball game, and those who donated received candy. However, the hat day and the basketball game promotions didn’t occur.
“Unfortunately, there was a lack of student council presence to run either of these events, so they had to be canceled. However, the advisories have stepped up in donating to their boxes and the shaved ice so far has been a success,” said STUCO adviser Michael Pickman.
There is also a small incentive for the teachers who donate: all teachers who donate $5 by February 27 get to wear jeans all week. At the time of publication, the jeans day alone raised $120.00. Students could also buy dollar donation tags to be displayed in the lunchroom. What made this unique is principal Dr. Tammy Thomasson offered to use the tags as a drawing with the winner receiving lunch from a community establishment paid for by Thomasson.
“The tags were really to motivate students, give them a little boost to donate,” said LHS Principal Tammy Thomasson.
“Leukemia is a malignant progressive disease in which the bone marrow and other blood-forming organs produce increased numbers of immature or abnormal leukocytes. These suppress the production of normal blood cells, leading to anemia and other symptoms,” according to MedicineNet.com.
Lymphoma is cancer that begins in infection-fighting cells of the immune system, called lymphocytes. These cells are in the lymph nodes, spleen, thymus, bone marrow, and other parts of the body. When you have lymphoma, lymphocytes change and grow out of control.