Watertown’s Pennies for Patients drive No. 4 in the country!

WMS record-setting effort makes it the nation's No. 1 middle school and No. 1 in the Northeast

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Last year, Watertown Middle School raised the most money in the region in the Pennies for Patients drive for the 11th straight year, and was No. 4 in the country. This year's drive ran from March 2 to March 23.

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The annual Pennies for Patients drive at Watertown Middle School not only set a school record, but also was tops for the middle schools in the country, best of all schools in the region, and No. 4 in the United States!

According to geography teacher Eleanor Donato. who started the drive 12 years ago, the school raised $34,578.15 — more than $3,500 higher than last year’s record amount.  

Pennies for Patients benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s School & Youth Program. This year’s drive ran from March 2 to March 23.

Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Md., was the nation’s top school, raising $67,523.51, Walter Johnson High School, also in Bethesda. Md., was second ($46.048.33), and Heritage Trails Elementary School in Moore, Okla., was third ($40,652.29).

–May 8, 2015–