DERRY — Spare change goes a long way at one local elementary school.
South Range Elementary School students are participating in Coins Against Cancer, an effort to collect loose change to support cancer patients and the Jimmy Fund.
Students will collect coins in their classrooms through April 11 before the money is counted and donated.
The Derry Village Rotary Club will match the total amount South Range raises. The classroom with the most money raised will be treated to a PTA breakfast.
The program was planned by South Range fifth-grade teacher Sara Muncey and parent Susan McGill.
Both women gave Coins Against Cancer presentations during each grade’s lunch periods.
Muncey regularly takes part in the summer Pan Mass Challenge bike ride to raise money for cancer. McGill has participated in activities and has children who took part in Derry Little League Jimmy Fund programs.
Most children at South Range have been touched by cancer somehow, whether through a classmate or family member.
“It’s a very important cause,” McGill said.
It’s also an easy way to raise money that will add up, Muncey told children.
“I love helping people,” she said. “Doesn’t it make you feel really awesome inside to know you’re doing something to help people?”
Each classroom will have its own individual can for coin collection. Students will create good health messages on pennants to be displayed at the school.