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Blackduck School is making change to beat cancer

The winning grade was the fifth grade, left. They alone raised $300.30.1 / 2
In extremely close second place was the second grade, who raised $296.04.2 / 2

Students at Blackduck School collected donations during the period of Jan. 25-Feb. 11 as part of the 20th Annual Pennies for patients program, befefiting The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Students teamed together, each contributing a little and the total was an amazing $2,803.14.

The top fundraising grade was the fifth grade. These kids won top fundraising honors last year as fourth graders, also. They donated $300.30 and won the pizza party at lunch prize.

"I am so proud of our students," said Lorraine Warden, Blackduck Elementary administrative assistant. "One student or one penny acting alone doesn't accomplish much, but when we all work together, anything is possible. Our students and staff did a great job of giving selflessly to help children and others battling blood cancer."

"These students serve as an example to all of us through their commitment to helping others," said Angie Lundeen, campaign director for the Minnesota Chapter. "Their efforts will help local patients and their families along with funding blood cancer research at the University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic."

Leukemia is the most common cancer in children and young adults less than 20 years old. An estimated 957,902 Americans are living with a blood cancer and every four minutes, someone new is diagnosed. Since 1992, $5.9 million has been raised locally by thousands of pre-kindergarten, elementary, middle, high school and college students.

For information regarding local programs and services of the Minnesota Chapter of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, call 888-220-4440 or visit

A lot of different things to help raise this much money. Blackduck's school board chair, Dale Compton, and one of the high school staff, Jim Nissen, agreed to a "hair cut competition" -- whoever had the most money in their "hair cut jar" would get a haircut. The contest was so close that they have both gotten their hair cut. This contest raised $330.89.

The school had a "wear your hat in school" day. For $1 you could keep your hat on during the school day. Smiley pins were sold for $1 and then a few days later, if you wore your pin, you got an ice cream treat at lunch.

Many of our local businesses donated items for a staff silent auction. The auction ran for one week and raised $655.50 to add to the total amount donated.

The school is still accepting donations for this fundraiser. They would need to have the donations in the school by March 16 in order to get them to LLS by the deadline. Checks can be made out to LLS or Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and can be mailed to Jo Lange, Student Council Advisor, Blackduck Schools, P. O. Box 550, Blackduck MN 56630.