Penny Drive Turns Into Massive Fund-raiser to Help Children

Coin by coin, Rush-Henrietta students raise $2,000

December 21, 1999

When Amy Wilson's students decided to raise money to benefit Children's Hospital at Strong and CURE Childhood Cancer Association, the fifth-grade teacher was happy to help with what she thought would be a small, but worthwhile, project.

Last month, students at Sherman Elementary School started collecting spare change and bringing it to school. When $200 was collected, Wilson was surprised. When $500 was raised, she was impressed. When the total hit $1,000, the teacher was amazed.

Now, students are well on their way to amassing $2,000 in coins, which they count and roll every week. The money will be donated to Children's Hospital at Strong and CURE, two local nonprofit organizations that help kids who have cancer. The students designated the funds to these charities because two of their classmates have cancer and are receiving treatment at Children's Hospital.

"It started out as a penny drive, but the money just kept coming in," Wilson says. "These kids have really gone out of their way."

As astounding as that sounds, the school's goodwill didn't stop there. Parents and staff members bought more than 100 gifts that were listed on the hospital's wish list.

Students will make check presentations to their charities of choice at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 22, at Sherman Elementary School on Authors Avenue, Henrietta. The media is invited to attend and learn more about this heartwarming tale.

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