K-8 Students Present Check to Mercy Hospital Lebanon

February 20, 2014

More than 450 students – from Kindergarten to 8th grade –

raised $1,402.29 for local cancer patients.

Since the beginning of the school year, students and faculty at Joel E. Barber C-5 School in Lebanon have banded together to fight cancer.

Through penny drives, candy and bake sales, and even jeans days, more than 450 students -- from Kindergarten to 8th grade -- raised $1,402.29 for local cancer patients. On Wednesday, they presented those funds to Mercy Health Foundation Lebanon.

Sixth grader Hanleigh Young helped organize the fundraisers. "Even selling things in the morning, like candy and bows, we did jeans for teachers where they can pay $10 and wear jeans for a month," she told local radio station KJEL. "We did things like a game night where kids can stay and have fun."

“Our district is so proud of their drive to raise money for our community,” said Wendy Williams on behalf of the school. “They will do great things with their lives and we are so lucky to get to be a part of their journey.”

Students presented the check during an assembly in the Joel E. Barber School gym at 16050 Highway KK in Lebanon. Funds will help pay for items like wigs, transportation and other services for cancer patients in Lebanon.