Jamestown Middle School students together raised $9,207 in this year’s Penny Drive.
Omega House captured top honors by raising $2,722, followed by Alpha House at $1,603, said Mark Stilwell, assistant principal, during an April 10 school rally. Beta House raised $1,569, Sigma House was at $1,351, Kapa House came up with $1,069, and Delta House raised $890.
“We ask the students not to solicit and to bring their spare change from home,” Stilwell said. “There is no door-to-door soliciting and we feel lucky to have kids who want to have this experience to do some service learning and give back to the community.”
Family of three recipients were on hand to each accept $3,069 from the middle school student council.
Tiffany Dooley, an eighth grade earth science teacher, was present with her son Jordan, to accept the gift on behalf of her late father Harvey Schuh, who passed away recently from lung cancer. He asked that his funds be used to install water bottle refilling stations in the middle school.
“I just think it’s amazing,” Dooley said. “I have worked here for 17 years and just to see how much this has grown and how big the kids' hearts are and how generous they are is just amazing.”
Lindsey Quichocho, a middle school counselor who is recovering from breast cancer, was also presented with a support gift. She was present with her husband Boya and daughter, Nola.
Arianna Walch, a toddler who has Batten’s disease, was present with her mother, Stephanie Walch.
“It’s just amazing what a school and a community can do to bring kids together for a general cause,” said Ryan Harty, middle school principal. “That is what Jamestown is all about.”
The middle school has raised $165,707 since the first Penny Drive in 1997, Stilwell said. The most ever funds raised in a single drive was $13,963 in 2012.