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Bell Elementary in Kirkwood raises $2,800 for cancer patients

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KIRKWOOD (WBNG) -- Bell Elementary in Kirkwood held an assembly on Friday, culminating a three week long Pennies for Patients fundraising campaign.

The fundraising campaign benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma society.

Inspired by a former Bell student who suffered from childhood leukemia, the fundraising drive has become a tradition at Bell Elementary.

Over the last 12 years, the campaign raised over $15,000. Last year bringing in over $3,000 alone.

For this years' campaign the students raised $2,838.71.

"We always say small change can make a big difference, so I think its important for kids to know that even though they are a child they can make a big difference in the world, and a big difference in someone else's life" said Meghan Leonard a classroom teacher and student council advisor at Bell Elementary.

"So even if they can give one penny, that's one penny more that is going to help those in need," she said.

At Friday's assembly, multiple raffles took place, including one for a 39" TV.

As a fun "punishment" for reaching their goal, the class president had to run the gauntlet of kissing a mystery animal, take a pie to the face, and have a balloon of slime dropped on them.

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