Pennies for Patients drive kicks off at Watertown Middle School

Family Skate night (Thursday) and Rummage Sale (Saturday) are first big events as community raises money to fight blood cancer

Ennya Papastoitsis, Watertown Splash staff

    Pennies for Patients kicked off on March 2, and the students and teachers of Watertown Middle School are ready and excited to start raising money!

    Pennies for Patients is a fund-raising contest that schools participate in all around the country. It is organized by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the money raised goes toward finding cures for blood cancer.

    Watertown puts an incredible amount of hard work into the fund-raiser and last year Watertown Middle School placed fourth in the country for money raised!

   “It’s part of who we are,” Dr. Kimo Carter, the school’s principal, said. “It became that way when we were so affected by leukemia and lymphoma. I think that makes a huge difference.”

    Every year, the school hosts dozens of in-school and out-of-school activities for the fund-raiser. This year there are a lot already lined up, including Family Skate Night on Thursday, March 10, at the John A. Ryan Arena from 6-8 p.m. Admission is $5 each for two hours of skating, with families of four only $15. Skates are available for rental.

    Other popular events are the Rummage Sale at Watertown Middle School on Saturday, March 11, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and the Walk-a-lap-athon on Saturday, March 18. All of the fund-raisers are posted on the Watertown Middle School website.

    “We’re continuing to be successful, but it’s not just the school, it’s the whole town. It’s everyone working together,” Dr. Carter said. “I’m very excited about this drive and we’ve had a terrific start!”

–March 9, 2017–