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Fifth Graders at Halstead Academy Donate

Updated: Thursday, March 20 2014, 12:00 AM EDT
Fifth graders at Halstead Academy are learning the true meaning to 'a penny given is better than a penny saved,' by participating in a program call "Pennies for Patients."

"Pennies for Patients" has raised millions for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, including nearly $20,000 from Halstead Academy.

Students at the academy, and across the country, collect pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters to donate to help people like first grader Jason Cooper.

Cooper was diagnosed with Leukemia three years ago, when he was just four years old. "I do have leukemia, but I'm not sick," says Cooper.

Cooper still goes to the University Of Maryland Medical Center for care and continues to fight every day. And through the "Pennies for Patients" programs, now he gets to help others.

Schools nationwide donated $27 million to the organization last year. The Maryland Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is in 335 schools statewide and says they would love to be in more. Fifth Graders at Halstead Academy Donate

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