Clearwater Middle School plans Pennies for Patients campaign

Clearwater Middle School in Waconia is getting ready to kick off its 5th annual Pennies for Patients campaign, a philanthropic event that happens across the country to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). In the past five campaigns, Clearwater students and staff have amassed $47,495.26 in support of research for a cure and support for patients and families battling the illness.
Each year, Clearwater has surpassed previous years’ totals with an average increase of a $3,000 each year. Because of the past success, this year’s goal is to raise $20,000.
Leukemia and Lymphoma affect many kids and adults, and Clearwater currently has three students that are child survivors. The school will kick-off the event on Monday, Jan. 27, by rallying support for the families who have been touched with Leukemia and Lymphoma and hearing from local survivors and members of LLS.
During the following two weeks, students will have opportunities to purchase the right to wear hats, play music on the sound system during lunch, duct tape the principal, Peter Gustafson, to a wall, buy popcorn, and delay the start of a day.
As students reach fundraising milestones, teachers will complete silly tasks. Teachers have been known to shave their heads, sleep on the roof of the school, and develop a variety of games and contests to encourage student participation in the Pennies for Patients campaign.
Community members are asked to look for collection boxes at local businesses and help support LLS. In addition, consider joining the school at Unhinged! Pizza on Monday, Jan. 27 from 4:30 to 8 p.m., when 10 percent of proceeds will go towards Clearwater’s Pennies for Patients campaign.