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Elementary students raising 'Miles of Pennies'

Apr 17, 2013

Miles of Pennies is designed to raise funds to overcome childhood cancer. The project is planned for the elementary schools in Washington. It was approved by the principals of each building and is sponsored by the Washington Optimist Club.

The plan is for elementary students to bring their pennies, nickels and dimes to school and put them in a jug in their classroom. The coins will be collected each Friday by an Optimist Club member. The project began April 1 and will last until April 30. The parent/guardian of each student will be notified by a letter sent home from the school.

All of the funds raised will go to Johns Hopkins University to be used in their research for finding cures for childhood cancer. Right now, John Hopkins has a 75 percent success rate at saving children from this horrible disease.

The Optimists International gave Johns Hopkins University a promise just a short time ago of $1 million. All of the Optimist clubs in the United States did a great job. The $1 million was reached before the due date. The Optimists are still helping the kids with childhood cancer with additional donations.

All of the students know about someone who has or had this terrible disease, and they will be more than willing to help by making their contribution. Each school will have a winning class by the amount of pennies brought in. Winning classes will receive a surprise reward for making the largest contribution as well as having their class picture in The Washington Evening Journal.

The Washington Optimist Club would like to thank the Washington elementary schools for allowing their students to help with this project. The club hopes that their contributions will help bring hope to those who are afflicted by childhood cancer.

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