DERRY — Spare change went a long way when one local school raised money to support those battling cancer.
South Range Elementary School’s recent Coins Against Cancer drive was a success, raising a total, with a Rotary match, of some $4,000 to support cancer patients and the Jimmy Fund.
The Derry Village Rotary Club matched the total amount South Range raised. The classroom with the most money raised will be treated to a PTA breakfast.
Rotarians and club president Kevin Olsen presented a check to the school and students at a meeting April 29.
Coins Against Cancer was planned by South Range fifth-grade teacher Sara Muncey and parent Susan McGill. This was the first year for the effort.
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.
The recent coin drive hit close to home.
Recently, the Derry school district lost one of its own to the disease. West Running Brook Middle School student Alanna Marcotte, 12, lost her battle with cancer April 22.
Muncey supported Alanna and her family through her Pan Mass Challenge work and other efforts, including the community rallying to help Alanna and her family.
McGill said this is only the beginning to continue to help those who struggle with the disease. She and Muncey will continue their efforts.
“Together, we have decided to join forces and work together in the future to raise money and put an end to cancer once and for all,” MGill said. “No child should have to go through what Alanna and her family has gone through.”