O’FALLON – The students at Marie Schaefer Elementary School thought they did an amazing job when they raised more than $2,500 last year for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. But when Pennies for Patients organizer Lorilee Sebesta challenged them to raise twice that in their second year, the students rose to the occasion.
Last week, at a school assembly, Sebesta announced that Marie Schaefer Elementary School raised $5,300.01 through its Pennies for Patients fundraiser. Those funds were then donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, who was represented at the event by Melissa Alper.
Sebesta also took the opportunity to introduce the Marie Schaefer Honored Hero, Owen Clive.
“When he was two years old, Owen was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. For more than three years Owen endured medical treatment, but now, more than there years after his last treatment, he’s still cancer free. That is why Owen is our Honored Hero and that is why we raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society,” said Sebesta.
Owen’s parents, Heather and Michael, were on hand to help their son present the check.
Last year was Marie Schaefer’s first year collecting pennies for the society. They raised $2,558 and won the Rookie of the Year award. This year, 19 classrooms participated in the fundraiser, with 16 raising more than $100. Of those 16, seven classrooms raised more than $200, and four of those seven raised more than $500.
Mrs. Kelsey Cady’s classroom raised the most, $689.51. Mrs. Madeline Devine’s class raised $687.43, missing the top spot by only $2.08. Mrs. Allison Lauer’s class came in third, raising $575.60, while Mrs. Nicki Hansley’s class came in fourth with $525.68.
“Thank you to all of the Marie Schaefer staff, parents, PTO, and everyone who helped make this possible. Thank you Wildcats! You all are a force to be reckoned with,” Sebesta said.