Students at the Alta elementary are learning to give to others through a Miracle Pennies Campaign, in support of the Children's Miracle Network (CMN).
The students began collecting and donating pennies last week with the goal of raising $300 the first month. The students have already surpassed their goal by raising $517.77 last week.
Each year CMN hospitals provide more than $2.5 billion in charitable care; these non-profit children's hospitals depend on community support. The hallmark of CMN is that 100 percent of every dollar raised in a community stays there to help children served by participating hospitals in the local area. CMN hospitals treat all children regardless of affliction of the family's ability to pay.
The money raised at the Alta elementary will be shared between St. Luke's in Sioux City and Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.
CMN is an international non-profit organization dedicated to helping children by raising funds and awareness for 170 children's hospitals throughout North America. Each year these non-profit hospitals treat more than 14 million children afflicted with diseases, injuries and birth defects of every kind.
CMN has grown dramatically since its founding in 1983, when it's first televised fund raiser aired from a small private studio and raised $4.7 million for hospitals.
Read the rest of this story in the 10/12 Pilot Tribune.