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WDC Elementary raises over $4,085 for Pennies for Patients

Wadena-Deer Creek Elementary raised $4,085.40 in one week for Pennies for Patients, with $1,898.42 alone raised Friday. The Jane Fiemeyer Princess Warrior Fund is matching $1,000, which brings the grand total to $5,085.40. This money will go the ...

Mrs. Johnson's fourth-graders celebrate after learning their class raised the most money -- $457.25 -- during the elementary school's Pennies for Patients fundraiser held March 14-18. Their reward -- a pizza party. Submitted photo
Mrs. Johnson's fourth-graders celebrate after learning their class raised the most money -- $457.25 -- during the elementary school's Pennies for Patients fundraiser held March 14-18. Their reward -- a pizza party. Submitted photo

Wadena-Deer Creek Elementary raised $4,085.40 in one week for Pennies for Patients, with $1,898.42 alone raised Friday.

The Jane Fiemeyer Princess Warrior Fund is matching $1,000, which brings the grand total to $5,085.40. This money will go the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society-an organization that collects money to find a cure for blood cancers and gives money to patients and their families to help with medical bills and expenses.

WDC fourth-grade teacher and WDC's Pennies for Patients Committee member, Scott Woods, said it was an exciting week of fund-raising for a meaningful cause.

"The really cool thing is how the kids competed to win but learned that winning the top class, grade-level party, or even the ice cream isn't what it was all about," Woods said in a news release. "They are realizing what they did for people in need who have to go through this terrible disease. It's so fun to see kids give money they could have used on themselves."

Pennies for Patients Committee member/WDC parent Jil Fiemeyer helped kick off the fundraiser March 14 with an inspirational message about her daughter Jane's wish of finding a cure for cancer. She encouraged them to bring in their pennies and help make Jane's dream come true.

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As of Wednesday, students had already brought in more than $2,161.56, surpassing their goal of $2,000. They earned an extra 15 minutes of free time for reaching that goal.

Fiemeyer said she is beyond proud of WDC's efforts this week. When she heard the school raised more than $4,000Friday, she beamed and said, "Amazing!"

"Jane would be so proud!" Fiemeyer said. "But we couldn't have done this without the support of parents, families, students and staff. This money is going to help families in the area and help make Jane's wish come true."

The class that raised the most money, $457.25, was Mrs. Hammer-Johnson's fourth graders. They earned a pizza party.

The grade-level that brought in the most money with $1,087.78 was second grade (Mr. Ferris, Mrs. Jackson, Mrs. Matthiesen and Mr. Tumberg). They get to go to a pool party at The Maslowski Wellness & Research Center.

The elementary school will be treated to ice cream Thursday as a thank you, compliments of the Kent and Shaneen Schmidt family.

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