Hometown Heroes Raise Thousands in Change for Cancer Society

By Melanie Chapman | mchapman@kolr10.com

Published 02/12 2014 08:37PM

Updated 02/13 2014 06:33PM

NIXA, Mo. -- It was a video called “Why, Charlie Brown, Why?" that inspired students at Century Elementary School in Nixa to use change to help change the pace of cancer.

“I just felt so bad for the kids in the hospital who had blood cancer and I really wanted to take action,” says Audrey Davis, a 3rd grader.

Audrey and other students did take action after a visitor with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society came to talk about cancer.

The school counselor showed all the students a story about a Peanuts character named Janice, who was diagnosed with cancer. The kids related.

“The realization that cancer touches people from infants to old age, that no one is immune to having cancer,” says Tina Russell, a school counselor.

Then the drive began to raise money.

The Kids Care Council is a club that serves the community to help with donations. The kids devoted their time to this mission and the donation boxes started filling up.

“We started just collecting and collecting money,” says Brianna Gonzalez, a 2nd grader.

“People were bringing in bags about this big full of pennies, dimes and quarters it was very impressive,” says Audrey.

Most schools raised about $1,300 to raise awareness. Century doubled that and are receiving top honors from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society because of their generosity.

“ It's just driven home more and more how these children bringing their piggy banks in are making real difference when you add up all their little piggy banks and all their giving from Christmas and all their unselfishness adds up to almost $3,000 to make a difference is very touching,” says Russell.

And for these young hearts that are so big, they came away with something that is life lasting.

“I learned that helping others is really good because then you can help them on something they are having trouble with, like cancer,” says Brianna. “If they are having trouble with cancer you can help them find a cure.”

“You can simply give a little bit and with a little bit of hard work you can, and teamwork, something amazing can really come true,” says Audrey.

Some students were given rewards and one classroom that raised the most money earned a pasta party from olive garden.

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