Barton Academy School is helping to fight cancer one penny at a time.
Students at the Northeast Kingdom elementary school are donating pennies and other coins to the Pennies for Patients Drive. The money goes to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
"The effort was to raise money and just have loose change make a big change. That was the idea behind it," said Mike Schaefer, the assistant principal at Barton Academy. "They brought in buckets and buckets of pennies, nickels and plastic bags ripping all over the floor. It was really nice to see them so involved."
"I think it's a good thing for our class because it brings all of us together and gets all of us working," said Keith Herman, a sixth-grader.
"I know a few people who have that kind of cancer," said Brooke Menken, an eighth-grader. "If we all put a lot of effort into helping it will help us make a change."
The goal is to raise $714 to beat the nearby Glover Community School, which raised $713.77. So far, Barton has about $100 to go. But if the students raise $1,000, the vice principal will let the kids give him a mohawk.