Marvista Elementary Students Help Charities, One Penny At A Time


Some 550 students from Normandy Park’s Marvista Elementary School recently donated $700 to Highline Medical Center’s new Emergency Room and Patient Care Unit, along with $300 to the Union Gospel Mission.

Now that may not seem like much of a big deal, until you realize that it was all collected through a penny drive that began back in September – that’s right, these kids collected thirty 25-pound bags of pennies from fellow students, neighbors, friends and families.

This was done by the “Totally Awesome Penny People” (T.A.P.P.) which involved kids from throughout the entire school. Pennies were collected, then students decided which worthy causes should receive the donation. A group of 5th and 6th grade students narrowed down the decision and made the final choices, then on May 17th at an all-school assembly, students presented a $300 check to Union Gospel Mission and a $700 check to Highline Medical Center.

Accepting the $700 check was HMC CEO Mark Benedum, whose own sons are Marvista Elementary School alumni, and ER physician Dr. Kimberly Yeargin.

In thanking the children for their tremendous effort, CEO Benedum said:

“We treat approximately 50,000 people in our ER each year, and even if each one of them donated a penny, that still would be less than the total number of pennies collected by all of you. Congratulations!”


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