Berta students participated in the “Pennies for Patients” campaign recently to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The fundraiser was especially meaningful because the students were honoring one of their own.
“Our students and staff embraced the ‘Pennies for Patients’ campaign this year because we have a special Honored Hero at our school. One of our kindergarten students, Chaise Donaldson, was featured by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society,” said counselor Lynn Sosebee.
Diagnosed with leukemia at age 2 1/2, Chaise had his last treatment in October.
“Students knew that they were contributing to a cause to help children like Chaise, who is now in remission,” said Sosebee. “We appreciate Chaise and the support of his parents to share information for this worthy cause.”
Members of the Berta Soaring Eagles led the fundraising campaign. An organization of students chosen by teachers to represent Berta because of their outstanding character, the Soaring Eagles placed flyers with Chaise’s photo on them all over the school. Flyers were also sent home to all families to promote the fund raiser.
The Soaring Eagles then collected and counted all the donations, said Sosebee, who serves as their adviser.
That was a lot of counting.
Students and teachers of Berta Weathersbee far surpassed their original goal of $700, raising an impressive total of $1,050. The money will go toward cancer research and services for patients and their families.
“Compassion and sharing with others are two of the character qualities that we try to emphasize here. It’s reflected both in our staff and student body that we are a family at Berta Weathersbee,” Principal Robyn Jackson said.
Good to know that a school named for a legendary woman of outstanding character is carrying on the tradition she built back in her days as principal of Southwest LaGrange Elementary, now Berta Weathersbee.
A big Saturday salute to the Berta Soaring Eagles, Chaise Donaldson and all who helped make the Pennies for Patients project a success.