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Shirley Hills Fourth in State in 'Pennies for Patients' Fundraiser

Shirley Hills 4th in State in 'Pennies for Patients' Fundraiser

Click on the above image for more pictures from the celebration and campout

May 15, 2019 — Congratulations to Shirley Hills Primary School students, staff and families for collecting the fourth-highest amount of the more than 850 Minnesota schools that participated in the “Pennies for Patients” campaign this year!

The annual fundraiser, which took place in January, raised $10,704 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). That figure far surpassed the goal of $6,700. As an incentive to donate, Principal Scott Eidsness agreed to camp out on the roof of the school building overnight if the school met its goal. As further incentive, families who donated $100 or more were invited to join the campout.

Everyone pitched in to reach the school’s goal, as every class raised at least $300, with Karla Humbert's second-grade class raising the most, $891.85.

On May 2, the LLS Prize Patrol, comprised of LLS staff and children whose lives have been touched by leukemia, came to Shirley Hills to announce that the school had raised the fourth-highest amount of all Minnesota schools that participated this year. The Prize Patrol paraded through the school, handing out bookmarks and exchanging high-fives with the students.

The following Friday, about 60 Shirley Hills students and families attended the campout event, which included lawn games, a movie and popcorn on the front lawn, and bedtime stories read by Principal Eidsness, who eventually camped out on the roof.

“The campout was a huge success and tons of fun,” said Eidsness. “We hope to make it more of an annual tradition than just an incentive reward.” Eidsness went on to thank all the Shirley Hills families and students for SOARing at the “Pennies for Patients” fundraiser.

All money raised will go directly to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.