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Local students at Sheehy Elementary in Merced celebrated during school after raising $2,800 to support cancer patients as part of the “Pennies for Patients” fundraiser organized by the student council in February.

Local Students Raise $2,800

“Pennies for Patients” fundraiser to Support Cancer Patients

Students at Sheehy Elementary in Merced enjoyed a ‘sweet’ reward for a job well done recently.

The student council organized a “Pennies for Patients” fundraiser in February to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma society. They asked their classmates to bring in spare change with a goal of collecting $750. During a rally at their school last week they announced that they far exceeded that goal by raising $2,802.55 in just 15 days!

As a result of their hard work and dedication, Principal Rogelio Gutierrez kept his promise to have an ice cream sundae built on top of his head. Students from each of the top fundraising classes had a chance to contribute with scoops of ice cream, chocolate syrup, whipped cream, sprinkles, and of course cherries on top. The school’s cheerleaders also performed as part of the festivities.

This fun event served as a great way to promote school spirit, while the fundraiser itself supported the Merced City School District’s mission to ensure that every student not only excels academically but also builds good character and becomes a productive member of our community.

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