OSWEGO, NY – Students at the Leighton Elementary School donated 14,266 pennies or $142.66 recently to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, as part of a fundraising partnership with Syracuse radio Station New Country WOLF 105.1/96.7.
New Country WOLF 105.1/96.7 is the local radio partner for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and they partnered with Central New York schools, including Leighton Elementary, on a Request for 10,000 Pennies campaign, during the month of October.
The goal was for each participating school to raise at least 10,000 pennies for St. Jude.
Schools that met the goal received a visit from the radio station’s mascot, Howler.
In the past year, New Country WOLF 105.1/96.7 has helped to raise more than $21,000 for the hospital and on February 5-6, 2015, they will host their second Country Cares Radiothon to continue raising money and spreading awareness for this amazing cause.
According to Leighton Home and School president Pam Dowd, the partnership came as a result of an email that the school principal, Larry Schmiegel received from New Country WOLF promotions director and mid-day on-air personality Courtney “Taylor” Smith.
“We received the information from Courtney at WOLF and Larry and everyone thought it would be an excellent opportunity for Leighton students to help a great cause and participate in a service learning initiative,” said Dowd.
As part of the month-long fundraising effort, the Leighton School classrooms also held a contest for the class that guessed the closest to the amount of pennies that would be contributed.
The class that was closest to the 14,266 count was Tom Weigand’s fifth grade class.
His classroom will have pizza with the principal, courtesy of a donation from the Leighton Home and School Association.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering research and treatment of children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases.
Ranked one of the best pediatric cancer hospitals in the country, St. Jude is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children.
For additional information visit www.stjude.org