Templeton Middle School students raised $3,665.83 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to help young people with life-threatening illnesses. Students asked sponsors to donate money based on the number of correct answers in a math booklet or to make a one-time donation.
The top Templeton student fundraisers were:
- Samuel Welter, seventh grade, who brought in $270 in pledges;
- Austin Lee, sixth grade, with $257.50; and
- Benjamin Scott, eighth grade, with $250.
Brenda Peterson’s seventh grade class brought in the most money with $898.39 in donations. Other top classrooms included Amy Wilde’s eighth grade with $620.30 and Sherry Malmon’s class with $505. Because Templeton raised more than $3,000, the school will receive a new tabletop telescope.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital treats about 160 patients every day on an out-patient basis and maintains 58 inpatient beds. Templeton families have taken advantage of this wonderful hospital when their insurance has run out. St. Jude, which is non-sectarian, has approximately 4,500 patients in active status. It treats children without regard to race, religion, creed, or ability to pay. ALSAC/St. Jude, the fundraising arm, covers all costs not covered by insurance for medical treatment rendered at the hospital.
“Families without insurance are never asked to pay and that is why Templeton Middle School feels so good about raising money for this organization,” said Templeton teacher Sherry Malmon.