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SGMS students raise Pennies for Patients
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One million People in the United States, many of them children, have a blood cancer such as leukemia or lymphoma. During February, Snelson-Golden Middle School participated in a fundraiser led by the National Junior Honor Society called “Pennies for Patients” to raise money for cancer research through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  
Students collected money and turned it in to their homerooms each day. Additional events to raise awareness included a lyrical lunch, hat day, spirit week and a pep rally where teams competed against each other in relays. The rally also included student readings and vocal performances for Black History Month.  
To encourage participation, teachers volunteered to take pies in the face for the grade level that raised the most money. The honor went to the seventh-graders and their teachers, Ms. Baines, Ms. Bush, Ms. Denkins, Mr. Farace, Ms. Leverett, Ms. Ramlo, Ms. Rutland, Ms. Scott, Mr. Smoke and Ms. Werner.  
Since the school exceeded its goal of $3,000, Ms. Bateman, the principal, and Dr. Crow, the assistant principal, also selected students to “pie them” in the face at the pep rally.
Finally, the top homeroom for each grade received pizza parties. The winners were Ms. Johnson’s and Ms. Roberts’ sixth-grade classes, Ms. Denkins’ seventh-grade class and Ms. Eastlake’s and Ms. Bishop’s eighth-grade classes.  
The teachers, students and NJHS members worked to make this year’s program a big success.

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