This year's Bethlehem Elementary School S.T.A.R.S. (Students Taking an Active Responsibility for their School) have been working on community service projects and leadership. During the first three weeks of January, the S.T.A.R.S. encouraged the BES students to raise money for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The money raised went towards research to advance more breakthrough therapies for patients with blood cancers. The S.T.A.R.S. set a goal of $500. Last year the school raised over $400, so it seemed like a reasonable goal.
This year the BES student body raised $471.47 in the Pennies for Patients Fundraising campaign. The S.T.A.R.S. donated their time to count all of the change and actually enjoyed counting money. Maureen Ferland's kindergarten class raised nearly $200 of the grand total. When asked why she raised and donated money, Kindergartner Mica said, "It makes us happy because we like to help others. I also knew what they were going through, so I wanted to help."
Andrea Bryant's third-grade class raised over $100 dollars. Third-grader Emmy said, "I did it because if I had leukemia, I'd want people to do it for me. And I'd really like them to find a cure so no one else has to go through it." Another third grade student, Simon, said, "I did it because it was going to a good cause and it was going to help sick people feel better. He added, "It made me feel really good."