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The Council of Super Students

Published 2:03pm Monday, March 14, 2011

Pennies for Patients

ELLENDALE — In January, the 500 students at New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva Elementary School pooled their coins and bills in a fundraiser called Pennies for Patients.

From left: Oakley Baker, Sierra Johnson, Jazzlyn Johnson, Kyra Possin, Ben Lewer, Olivia Christopherson, Maci Surat and Chris Stenzel.

The goal of the community service project was to raise $500 with just spare change, and the funds would go toward the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Each day on the week of Jan. 10, students brought different money:

Monday was pennies.

Tuesday was nickels.

Wednesday was dimes.

Thursday was quarters.

Friday was dollars.

In the early 1960s, only 1 in 25 children survived leukemia. Today, more than 8 in 10 with acute lymphocytic leukemia survive. However, leukemia still causes more deaths than any other cancer among children and young adults under the age of 20.

Heroes: All NRHEG Elementary School students

Secret identity: represented on this page by the NRHEG Elementary School Student Council
Superpowers: willing to help people in need; feel heartache for children with leukemia and lymphoma
Weaknesses: spaghetti, chocolate or gum
Affiliations: All students at NRHEG Elementary School are like family.
Origin: They were elected to the Student Council by their classmates at the start of the school year. With these powers in January, they collected the money raised from their classmates and give the pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters and dollars to Principal Doug Anderson.

Hero: Jazzlyn Johnson
Secret idaentity: NRHEG fourth-grade student
Base of operations: Hollandale

Hero: Oakley Baker
Secret identity: NRHEG sixth-grade student
Base of operations: Geneva

Hero: Maci Surat

Secret identity: NRHEG sixth-grade student
Base of operations: New Richland

Hero: Ben Lewer
Secret identity: NRHEG fifth-grade student
Base of operations: New Richland

Hero: Olivia Christopherson
Secret identity: NRHEG fourth-grade student
Base of operations: New Richland

Hero: Chris Stenzel
Secret identity: NRHEG fifth-grade student
Base of operations: New Richland

Hero: Sierra Johnson
Secret identity: NRHEG fourth-grade student
Base of operations: Hollandale

Hero: Kyra Possin
Secret identity: NRHEG fifth-grade student
Base of operations: New Richland