‘Pennies for Patients’ fundraiser begins Monday

SIDNEY — Sidney Middle School’s Student Council is sponsoring a fundraiser, “Pennies for Patients” beginning Monday, Nov. 18, through Friday, Nov. 22. The group is taking on the challenge of raising at least $1,500 for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Leukemia is the No. 1 most diagnosed form of childhood cancer. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is launching a new children’s initiative that seeks to accelerate treatments with fewer harmful side effects so that young patients with cancer not only survive, but thrive for generations to come.

SMS is having many activities take place during that week to help raise money. Student Council members will educate the student body about leukemia by participating in the school-wide morning announcements.

There will be two ways the students can donate. A collection will be taken during a chosen class period for each team. During lunch, fifth- and sixth-graders will have the opportunity to vote for either Dan Barnes, assistant principal; Melissa Schneider, school counselor; or Sherry Guinther, secretary, to be duct taped to a wall. Each vote will cost 50 cents and include a piece of duct tape. Duct tape was generously donated by Lochard Hardware Do-It-Center, Sidney Ace Hardware, and Sidney Lowes.

Seventh and eighth-graders will have the opportunity for 50 cents to vote for the teacher on their team they would like to see participate in a free-throw contest The students will also be able to pay 50 cents to enter a drawing for a students vs staff members basketball game. Students may purchase as many tickets as they wish.

A pizza party will be awarded to the classroom that raises the most money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The team that raises the most money will receive one class period of a chosen activity. Any donations make a huge impact on the lives of young children battling cancer. If you are not involved with SMS and would like to take help the students reach theor goal of $1,500, donations may be brought to the school office during normal school hours, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

All donations made at SMS will be used to help patients in Shelby County.