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Students at Hagerstown's Eastern Elementary collect pennies to help others

May 19, 2008

Eastern Elementary School students collected pennies and other coins during the week of April 14 to 18 to benefit the Pennies for Patients campaign for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

A represenative from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society was at Eastern Elementary on April 11 to present information on awareness to the students on leukemia and how it affects children.

During the presentation, one student, Jake McCarter, noted that his sister, Mackenzie McCarter, was diagnosed with leukemia in September 2007.

Their mother reports that Mackenzie is eight months into a 2 1/2-year treatment plan and doing well. For the most part, she is a happy 4-year-old, looking forward to starting kindergarten in the fall.

Jake is in Ms. Renner's third-grade class.

Dylan Mannick is also in Renner's room. Dylan, Seth and Matthew Mannick are triplets in the third grade at Eastern. Their father died from leukemia in October 2007.

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The classroom that raised the most money won a pizza party.

Renner's class raised money in honor of the Mannicks' father and in support of treatment for Mackenzie. Their classroom raised $87.35 in change, which made them the highest money raisers in the school.

The school raised more than $1,000 to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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