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


Splash photo CATHERINE C.

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–