Every Penny Counts 

A penny isn’t worth much on its own.But, as students at the Leroy Smith Elementary School in Winterport found out, when collected small bunches of pennies can make a big difference.The pennies have been turned in, and the finally tally is: “56,500”Once added to other donations, $800 has been collected by the Smith School over the last month and a half. They money will be donated to the new Cancer Care of Maine facility in Brewer. “As a group, we felt that this would be a great opportunity to make this cancer center something that could be really beneficial to the whole community because we have so many people in this community that have died of cancer,” Said the class teacher Ms. Lynne Walsh. “We all were thinking of other people and donating it for the cause for cancer so we could help cause we’re helpful kids,” Said 5th grader Lynn Dwyer.The money raised by the children and teachers will be added to that raised by the community to fund a room in the cancer center. “Many different individuals and businesses in Winterport are raising money to name a room in the new cancer building which is the Lafayette Cancer Center,” Said Mary O’Meara from Champion the Cure. “It will be named after the Winterport Community.” Teachers say this is one of many fundraisers the kids will do this year, because to these kids helping others makes cents.About 10 other area schools participated in penny drives or similar efforts to raise money for the Lafayette Family Cancer Center as part of the Champion the Cure capital campaign.