Quest fourth grader Elizabeth Gatzke slaps a pie in the face of Murray Park teacher Anessa Feucht in celebration of the schools reaching their fund-raising goal for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. In fact, they exceeded the goal by more than 250 percent.
Quest fourth grader Elizabeth Gatzke slaps a pie in the face of Murray Park teacher Anessa Feucht in celebration of the schools reaching their fund-raising goal for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. In fact, they exceeded the goal by more than 250 percent.

“Pennies” may not sound like much, but Ripon kids broke a record giving theirs away.

For several years, Murray Park and Quest Elementary third, fourth and fifth graders have collected spare change in “Pennies for Patients” campaigns to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).

This year, their goal was to give $1,007.35 to LLS and bring the schools’ total donation to a cool $5,000 over past few years.

They hit that goal, and then some.

The children exceed the goal by more than 250 percent, raising $3,540 for the society in a single week, a record among Wisconsin schools participating in the program. Murray Park and Quest students have garnered $7,532.65 total for LLS.

“What we do at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is we try to find cures for cancer and make patients lives better, and their families’ lives,” LLS representative Chelsea Metzger told the students at a March 27 assembly to recognize their efforts. “So by having great schools like yours participate, you guys are helping the families that are affected by blood cancer.”

Find out how the kids were able to raise the money in the April 13, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.