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West Warwick school raises most in state for Pennies for Patients

May 13, 2011

Steve Brophy, Milia Lyons and Iain McCoy from Brickley’s Ice Cream, teacher Mark Maziarz, Deborah Watterson from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Chris Brophy from Brickley’s Ice Cream (all pictured) were at Deering Middle School on Friday to serve ice cream to students along with Principals Brian Dillon, Dr. Richard George and Assistant Principal Subhash Chander (not pictured here).

Three West Warwick schools made the top 10 in fundraising efforts and one took the top spot in the state.

John F. Deering Middle School students raised $5,527.60 for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Pennies for Patients fundraiser—more than any other school in Rhode Island who participated.

The entire West Warwick district raised $17,957.33 total during the fundraising campaign that lasted for three weeks in March.

Greenbush Elementary School raised the fourth highest amount in the state $4,263.79 and John F. Horgan Elementary School raised $4,100, the eighth highest amount in the state, according to Deborah Watterson, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s school and youth campaign manager for the Rhode Island chapter.

Other schools that participated were Wakefield Hills Elementary School, where they raised $3,065, and West Warwick High School, where they raised just about $1,000.

In Coventry, the district total for Pennies for Patients was $7,976.51.

Four schools participated, Blackrock Elementary School, Tiogue Elementary School, Coventry High School and Father John V. Doyle School, according to Watterson.

Blackrock raised the highest amount in Coventry $3,500, “which is amazing,” Watterson said.

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