Redhawks rock tornado relief penny drive, raise thousands of dollars for victims

Clarkson Elementary School students recently held a penny drive to raise money for western Kentucky tornado victims.

Following in the footsteps of their parents, many of whom contributed to a toy drive that resulted in the delivery of hundreds of gifts to the youngest tornado victims, the students of Clarkson Elementary came through in a big way for those suffering and in need.

The Redhawk four-day penny drive raised an astonishing $6,001.53, followed by an anonymous $2,500 donation to the drive, raising the total donated to the Red Cross to $8,5001.53.

“I just want to wish a Merry Christmas to all our Redhawk families,” Clarkson Principal Shannon Cates exclaimed. “We wrapped up our four-day penny drive with a total of $6,001.53, and then an anonymous donor made a $2,500 donation to bring the total we can give to the Red Cross to a little over $8,500.00. I am beyond proud!”

The money was presented to an appreciative Misty Thomas, Executive Director of the Western Kentucky Red Cross Chapter.

(Photo: Clarkson students surround Red Cross executive Misty Thomas at the check presentation)

By Ken Howlett, News Director

Contact Ken at ken@k105.com