By Heather Killen
Bridgetown students are showing that one good turn deserves another.
Students at the Bridgetown Regional High School have been collecting money for the Pennies For Patients fundraiser, benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Arielle Francis, president of the student council, says this is the first time the school has taken on this project.
“Our goal is to raise $500,” she said. “We’re planning different events over three weeks.”
Every year the student council organizes fundraisers that help pay for grad activities and student events, but Francis said this year they decided to raise money for a good cause outside of the school.
“Last year we had a lot of support from the Ford’s Drive One 4 YR School event,” she said. “This year we wanted to do something for someone else.”
Over three weeks students will be collecting spare change to help support local patients battling cancers like leukemia, Hodgkin's disease, and myeloma. Various events are being held in the school to build support for the project.
The students held a bake sale and a quick, but effective clean-out your car console event that took about 10 minutes but raised a lot of pocket change, she said. Students asked drivers leaving the school parking lot to donate the spare change they keep in the car.
Last Wednesday, students lined up to buy a strip of duct tape to pin two of their teachers against the wall. Mr. Glen Melanson and Ms. Krystal Peckford agreed to get stuck on the good cause.
Other events such as bidding on the chance to sit in the teacher’s chair and Hat Day gave students a chance to have some fun while offering a helping hand.
One of the events even aimed to get fans from Toronto, Montreal, Boston, and Pittsburgh all playing on the same team. Francis added that Jersey Day would give students the chance to wear their favorite jerseys for the day, while still working together for the same cause.
For more information on the Pennies for Patients, visit the school website at http://www.bridgetown.ednet.ns.ca. To help the students meet their fundraising goal, change can be dropped off at the school administration office.