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Barry students involved
in 'Pennies for Patients'

by Kim Fickett
Landmark reporter

Coming together to help others is what students at Barry School did during the month of February.

The students of Barry School recently participated in Pennies for Patients, a fundraising event for the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society, Feb. 4-22.

Established in 1993, Pennies for Patients is a program designed to involve the youth of our nation in supporting the cause of leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma.

"The goal of Pennies for Patients is to raise money to go toward our mission," stated Mary Carver, campaign manager of the Mid-America Chapter in Shawnee Mission, KS. "Our mission is to find a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, as well as to improve the quality of life of our patients and families."

This year, the students at Barry School raised approximately $1,050, compared to last year's amount of nearly $800.

Barry School is just one of 95 schools that participate in the fundraiser across Kansas City and Springfield.

"The neatest thing about this program is that kids are helping other kids," said Carver.

Carver added that the society sends out posters to each school who are participating in the fundrasier. Those posters show kids on a local level who are living with those diseases supported by the fundraiser.

"It helps them understand that the people who get these diseases aren't just older people or people who are far away, but are people who are just like them and that live in the Kansas City area," explained Carver.

The money raised by Barry School is sent to the Mid-America Chapter in Shawnee Mission, Kansas. The Shawnee Mission chapter is one of 38 across the nation which services western Missouri, a part of Kansas and Iowa.

Barry School second grade teacher Vera McPike's class was the top class at Barry School raising over $200 for the cause. McPike stated that a video, 'Why Charlie Brown Why?', is one reason her students came through with their response to the fundraiser the way they did.

"The video really touched their hearts seeing this cartoon character depicted by the video going through this illness," said McPike. "It did an excellent job of getting down on their level and explaining it."

For the past two years, the school's collection for Pennies for Patients has been donated in the memory of David Lamb, husband of the reading teacher at Barry School, who died of cancer last year.