Students raise thousands in coins to help fight cancer

Posted at: 03/20/2014 6:24 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Some would say a penny is pretty much worthless.

But for students at Hubert H. Humphrey Elementary School, it’s anything but. They said pennies can save lives.

Sydney Manginell is the student body president. She said helping others is what the student council is all about. “They should know that there are people that care about them,” said Sydney Manginell, a 5th grader.

A few months ago, the council decided to do “Pennies for Patients”, through the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, which raises pennies and other spare change for kids and teens suffering from leukemia and lymphoma.

At first, it started off as friendly competition between classrooms but that all changed. Students said what really pushed them was knowing that the money was going to kids.

“They were digging through their piggy banks. They emptied their piggy banks. Some kids donated like $95. A kid in our class did that. It was pretty amazing,” added Manginell.

It took just three weeks for the entire student body to raise nearly $4,800. The money stays in New Mexico, helping kids and teens fight cancer.

“They’re kids just like us. They, if you think about it, what if you had leukemia? Wouldn’t you want people to help you?” said Kenner Grant, student body secretary.

So every time you see a penny and think it’s just a cent, remember that it can go a long way.