Friday, March 6, 2015

Troy: Sacred Heart Elementary School raises money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Sacred Heart School collected one week’s worth of loose change for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Pennies for Patients Program in honor of the students' hero, Father John Yanas. Yanas, a 30-year leukemia survivor, is the Sacred Heart School pastor and spiritual leader.  

Sacred Heart is an elementary school on the east side of Troy that serves children three through 12 years of age. The school supports families, the first educators of children.  Together, staff and families encourage students to become involved, responsible, contributing members of the church and the community.

For the penny drive, the schoolchildren found loose change around their homes, earned money by doing chores and bought raffle tickets for three special incentives. Teacher Mrs. Ciccone’s 20 fifth-graders collected more than $188; that is an average of $9.40 per student.
A special segment of the school's daily morning assembly was added to the Feb. 27 gathering at 8 a.m. in the church. Students created cards and gave notes of encouragement to Yanas, and a check for $724 was presented to the local Leukemia and Lymphoma Society chapter representative, Brandy Farber. 
Yanas spoke of his long battle with cancer, which he will continue to face in the years ahead. Farber congratulated the children for their efforts and closed with a round of applause.

--Jennie Grey

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