Moved by the plight of a teacher at Julia Ward Howe School of Excellence battling breast cancer, the students swung into action and launched a Penny War to raise money for the Susan G. Koman For The Cure Foundation. At an April 8 assembly, the proud Howe students participated in the presentation of an oversized check for $1,337.46 to Kimberly Peterson of the Susan G. Koman Foundation.
The Penny War, pitting grade level against grade level in a friendly competition to see who could raise the most money, was coordinated by Bennett Van Hoff and his colleagues from City Year Chicago who work with the students at Howe on a variety of projects. Howe School is located at 720 North Lorel Avenue.
Although it is clear everyone is a winner in this fight against cancer, Ms Tomlinson’s 3rd grade class and Ms Smith’s 6th grade class actually raised the most money during the campaign.
Kimberly Peterson of the Susan G. Koman Foundation accepts the check for the money raised by the Howe School students, telling them, “You are contributing to the end of breast cancer – you are part of the cure. Thank you on behalf of all women. You are wonderful!” (Photo by Brad)
Keisha Campbell, Principal of Howe School of Excellence, tells students that although they are young, they have just achieved a very adult goal in raising money to find a cure for breast cancer. “I am so proud of you,” she declares. (Photo by Brad)