BUFFALO CENTER, Iowa - Many people keep change in their cars or jingling around in their pockets, but one north Iowa school has gotten involved with an organization that turns change into a change for a child.
Pennies for Patients is an organization that works to support families with children who have been diagnosed with leukemia or lymphoma.
Brad Huntington, the North Iowa Community Schools K-12 counselor says that the money raised helps to fund transportation and lodging for families who might be going to and from their child’s doctor.
Not only has the program been a great success over the past six years, raising an average of twenty five hundred dollars each year, Huntington says it’s given the school an opportunity to teach kids about giving back.
“It makes me feel really good about what the kids are learning,” he said, “we talked a lot about character development and this is a great service project that gives them the opportunity to show that they care about people they probably don’t know.”
Third-grader Avery Smith from North Iowa Elementary says she’s learned a lot about giving back to others through this and says it’s important to do because “people like to be treated the way that you like to be treated.”
Students will be collecting change and other forms of donations until the end of the month.
Huntington says that by the time everything is said and done, they usually roll a five to 600 pound cart down the street to the bank where all of the change is sorted.
Because the program has had such great success in the past, students and faculty say they’re excited to see the outcome for this year.
If you wish to contribute to Pennies for Patients you can do so by visiting http://www.schoolandyouth.org