Tartan BPA raises $2,270 for Pennies for Patients

Tartan students cleaned out their piggy banks and opened up their hearts in February. Tartan's Business Professionals of America students organized the Pennies for Patients campaign from Feb. 6 to10 to raise money and awareness for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, which provides support for families, patients and research for blood cancers.

Tartan BPA arranged for milk jugs to be placed in each fourth-hour classroom and created acontest between classes. The BPA students collected the change each day, counted it and took the money to the bank each afternoon.BPA students Gabby Patterson, Tommy Vue and Samantha White became familiar faces at Western Bank, utilizing the coin counting machine daily.

The competition included students vying to beat the four-year winning streak of Glenn Hansen's social studies class. Teresa Hei's chemistry students upped the ante by going to the bank to get $200 worth of pennies. In the end, spanish teacher Carrie Hansen's class ended up donating $402 and earned first place. Amy Villegas' English class was second with $304 and Hei's class was third raising $219. Glenn Hansen's class fell to seventh place. The students in all the classes combined raised $2,270.08.