Student raises money in cousin’s honor
Molly Devine raised $1,867 during Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month in September after her young cousin’s recent cancer diagnosis inspired her to help other children.
Molly, in eighth grade, organized the Compassionate Change Drive at her school, Our Lady of Peace School in Clarks Green. She collected dimes for the Jessie Rees Foundation. The foundation sends Joy Jars to children fighting cancer and encourages them to never ever give up. The jars are filled with “things kids love” and are delivered around the world. Last year, over 38,000 kids received Joy Jars from the foundation, according to a release.
Molly placed 16-ounce water bottles in each homeroom for a week beginning Monday, Sept. 25, and collected them on Monday, Oct. 2. Each bottle fit enough dimes to raise $100 a bottle.
Molly’s 10-year-old cousin, William, who lives in Florida, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and received a jar during his battle with cancer.
Riverside Students, Tyler Pawlikowski, left, and Elise Hummel, right, help their classmate, Kyra Polidori, seated, register to vote.