QE raises $12,000 for LLS

Quakertown Elementary School raised a record $12,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

During the six-week fundrais­er for the LLS Hero Squad Program, which rais­es mon­ey for child­hood blood can­cer patients, QE, with few­er than 300 stu­dents, shat­tered its goal of $2,021.

This has cer­tain­ly been a sil­ver lin­ing in a dif­fi­cult school year caused by the COVID-19 pan­dem­ic,” Principal Dr. Michael Zackon said. “For the past six weeks, help­ing oth­ers less for­tu­nate than our­selves has been some­thing that our kids have been look­ing for­ward to and ask­ing about. It has kept smiles on the kids’ faces, behind the masks.”

Dr. Zackon praised QE teach­ers and staff for their extra­or­di­nary efforts dur­ing the fundrais­er, specif­i­cal­ly nam­ing Alicia Bolks and Christa Held. “As usu­al, they have gone above and beyond to help make this hap­pen,” he said.

Mrs. Held said QE has “con­tin­ued to dri­ve home with our kid­dos the impor­tance of help­ing oth­ers and that togeth­er we can make a difference.”

QE’s theme this year was “How lucky are we” The fundrais­er began on February 1st with hall­ways filled with hearts and sham­rocks. In addi­tion to mon­e­tary dona­tions, stu­dents and staff par­tic­i­pat­ed in var­i­ous fundrais­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties that includ­ed: week­ly heavy­weight chal­lenge, Valentine can­dy grams, Lucky Loot grams, and QE spir­it wear. For the heavy­weight chal­lenge, stu­dents brought in coins and dol­lars to be weighed as a class each Friday. All of the col­lect­ed mon­ey was put on a scale and totaled up. Each paper dol­lar donat­ed count­ed as a pound. To kick off the fundrais­er, the school held a spir­it week, and each Friday focused on how lucky they are.

It’s amaz­ing to look back and see how over the past six weeks, our QE fam­i­ly has grown stronger as we have put our­selves aside to come togeth­er and help oth­ers,” Mrs. Held said.

QE held a school­wide BINGO on March 17th to cel­e­brate and acknowl­edge the impor­tance of kind­ness and help­ing oth­ers as a family.