An area school is honored for raising pennies to help in the fight against childhood cancer.
Staff from Salina Media Group Radio Stations Y 93.7 and Sunny 102.5 provided a pizza party for Bennington Grade School on Friday.
Students at the school helped raise money as part of the station’s “Million Penny Challenge”.
Overall, $9,894 was raised by students at area schools. Bennington Elementary School collected the most pennies per student. The school collected 173,804 pennies. As a reward, the students were awarded the party featuring pizza from Papa Johns and a traveling trophy from the radio station.
All money collected during the “Million Penny Challenge” was donated to a radiothon both stations hosted. Overall, over $57,000 was collected.
All money collected during the radiothon benefits the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is a world leader in developing new, improved treatments for children with cancer. They create more clinical trials for cancer than any other children’s hospital. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing and food, because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since it opened in 1962.