Genevieve Didion is the #1 fundraiser out of 668 schools

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Kids-helping-Kids-in-need.  What better lesson plan in life than that?  Genevieve Didion Elementary School has participated in The Greater Sacramento’s Leukemia Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) annual school campaign called “Pennies for Patients” for the last 9 years. This year’s campaign was three weeks long in February. Didion Elementary hit it out of the park by raising $12,586.85 which resulted in the #1 fundraising school out of the 668 schools within LLS’s Greater Sacramento’s area region.

How’d they do it?  With many creative fundraising ideas ranging from an aggressive online campaign to school based events like Family Zumba Night, making putts for funds, Valentine-grams, music day and various dress up days. Fifth grade teacher Laura Nann is Didion Elementary’s annual school campaign chair. This is near and dear to her heart as she got involved in this campaign at her previous elementary school because a colleague was diagnosed with and surviving lymphoma.

This year’s Greater Sacramento LLS “Pennies for Patient” campaign overall was one of its most successful. Over $715,000 was raised throughout the 668 schools with the top 10 schools raising $106,517 of that total. In its nine years of participating, Didion Elementary has raised a total of $41,678.25 in part to Mrs. Nann’s promotional efforts along with school’s principal, Norm Policar, colleagues and students who have always been supportive and active participants in the promoting and raising of funds for this great lesson of Kids-helping-Kids in need.

This year, three Didion students earned “Student Super Hero” awards thanks to their efforts. Gisele Matocq (6th grade) and Jaden Yuke-Lin (5th grade) were the #1 and #2 online fundraisers, respectively, across the entire Greater Sacramento area. Gisele raised $1,226.50 and Jaden raised $1,017.31.  Allison Chan (1st grade) won the “Campaign Creativity” award by raising over $700 by asking golfers at a local golf course to donate money for her to show them her putting skills on the practice green.

Look for next year LLS’ “Pennies for Patients” campaign at the start of February, 2018 and you can help Kids-help-Kids-in-need.