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‘Pennies for Patients’ fundraiser extended

A “Pennies for Patients” fundraiser at Rock Hill schools will last another week because of multiple winter weather-related delays and closings.

Senior Courtney Joseph on Sunday announced the fundraiser has been extended until Friday. The original cutoff day for donations was Jan. 31.

Joseph is a member of the Rock Hill National Honor Society and the fundraiser is her senior project.

“Pennies for Patients” is a project of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and all money raised goes towards its causes. Each school competes to raise the most money and as of Monday, the elementary school had a significant lead, raising $2,378.69. The high school currently ranks second with $516.20 and the middle school third with $343.27 collected. Nearly $3,300 has been collected overall.

“A big thank you to everyone who has participated by bringing in money and sending it with your kids,” Joseph wrote on Facebook. “Remember to keep sending in your change until Feb. 7.”

A last-second drive to collect money will take place Tuesday, Feb. 11, at the Rock Hill boys’ basketball game. Members of the Rock Hill National Honor Society will participate in a “Miracle Minute” where they will go into the crowd with buckets to collect money. The “Miracle Minute will take place at halftime.

Contact the school at 740-532-7030 or visit the “Pennies for Patients” Facebook page for donation options and instructions.

Per the program’s guidelines, if each school raises at least $400 it qualifies the class that collects the most money for a Domino’s-sponsored pizza party, which is a corporate partner of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.