In the closing moments of school before spring break, East Tipp's students learned that they had raised approximately $23,000 in this year's Pennies for Patients drive, a fundraiser to support the Indiana Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
The drive started with the Buck Creek Film Festival: a tongue-in-cheek contest to find the best student filmmaker at East Tipp. The Festival also included Cheese Flip Griddle Duel (a battle of on-the-spot grilled cheese making) and a celebrity auction featuring teacher items of actual or perceived value. In the days following that event, online and in-person donations determined the finale, where several teachers and students took a pie in the face from the top online fundraisers.
East Tipp's previous record in the drive was a $13,041 donation made in 2016. This year's announced total was $22,893, but grew past the $23,000 mark with a few late-breaking donations received after the big reveal. This year's student body also broke the school's record for the Fall Food Drive, collecting 15,902 pounds of food for the Food Finders.
Thanks so much to all the students, parents, and staff members who gave so generously to bring change to kids in the cancer fight.