Students’ Day of Giving Date Change Doesn’t Curb Enthusiasm

Despite the long standing tradition of the Penny and Blood Drives occurring on the Friday of Catholic Schools Week, this year it will take place three weeks later than usual.

Due to a scheduling conflict with Hoxworth Blood Center, the Friday, Feb. 5 date was not available, making the date change to Friday, Feb. 26 necessary. This date change breaks a tradition of over 10 years.

Despite the date change, the outlook is positive. “This will be the year that we finally hit that $100,000 mark for the history of our penny drive. That’s exciting,” said Mr. Sam Roflow, Theology teacher and Service Coordinator.

The excitement was also shared by members of the student body. “Getting involved in the Penny and Blood Drives as a freshman is a great way to participate in our school,” said Service Club senior Josh McSwigan. “If the freshman have any questions, all they need to do is ask myself or anyone else in Service Club.” Despite the changes to the date of the event, McSwigan is optimistic, keeping the focus on the changes that the students’ donations will be making.

Math teacher Mr. Bill Losekamp counts pennies as students entertain themselves. According to even supervisor Mr. Sam Roflow, 2016 will appear to be the year when the amount will reach over $100,000 dollars total. Each year, the Penny Drive averages approximately $5,000.


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