School, community event raises plenty of pennies for patients

By: Lauren Weber, The Placer Herald
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Despite the economic slump, many people and groups in Rocklin are still giving back to those in need. At last Wednesday’s Rocklin Unified School District board meeting, students at Rocklin Elementary shared their success with Pennies for Patients – raising funds for kids fighting blood cancers – and Run Rocklin representatives shared their profits with Rocklin schools. Three Rocklin Elementary second-graders addressed trustees and explained what their service-learning project was all about. Each student made a box, passed them out to each classroom and asked for donations. Every Friday for three weeks, the second-graders collected the money and counted it – dimes were in stacks of 10 and quarters were in stacks of four to make it easier to count. The counting of the coins also coincided with their curriculum in math class. The students collected $709.41 that went toward Pennies for Patients, Rocklin Elementary second-grade teacher Jennifer Powers said. Additionally, four other Rocklin schools were the recipients of monetary rewards for their participation in last year’s Run Rocklin. As a kick-off for this year’s run on April 26, Race Director Larry Osborne presented a $500 check to Breen Elementary School as a reward for the school with the largest team. Two years ago, schools were encouraged to form teams for Run Rocklin. The school with the most people on the team received a $500 incentive and schools close behind or that also contributed to the run’s success, received $100 this year. Principals of Spring View Elementary, Rocklin High and Ruhkala Elementary were awarded checks for $100. In previous years, money raised went fully to the Matt Redding Memorial Scholar-ship Foundation, but now the funds are also divided to help Rocklin schools. “We pay all our bills and hope we have some money to give away,” Osborne said. This year, the race goal is to give $15,000 to the foundation and attract more than 2,000 participants, Osborne said. “It’s become a must calendar event in the community,” Board President Todd Lowell said.