Towne Acres students

Towne Acres Student Council donates fundraising money to St. Jude


Members of Towne Acres Elementary Student Council held a coin drive this year to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. On Thursday, April 4, students from the student council visited the Tri-Cities affiliate clinic at Niswonger Children’s Hospital in Johnson City to present a check for St. Jude.

Johnson City is one of eight affiliate clinics that offer world-class St. Jude care across the country. Funds like the nearly $2,000 raised by Towne Acres Elementary School - support the efforts of St. Jude to collaborate with physicians and staff at these sites to deliver state-of-the-art care.

Towne Acres fourth grade student Ensley Baker said the student council wanted to raise money for a good cause that might help children their age.

“We thought St. Jude would be a great idea because they find cures for cancer and other lifesaving diseases for children,” Baker said.

The entire student council worked hard during their coin drive to raise the money. They created posters to place around the school, appeared on the school’s morning news show to push the fundraiser and even presented to the Towne Acres Parent and Teacher Association to help kick off the event.

The coin drive week started with nickels on Monday, dimes on Tuesday, quarters on Wednesday, dollars on Thursday and ended with five-dollar donations on Friday.

Towne Acres Principal Dr. Josh Simmons said he was proud of the student council and the entire student body for their caring attitude and community involvement. 

“We are certainly proud of the student body, as a whole, for raising that amount of money for a worthy cause, but we are especially proud of our student council,” Simmons said. “Each year we try to give them a lot of ownership of whatever project they want to do. Just seeing how generous and kind our students are to help others, as a principal that is one of the things I am extremely proud of them for.”

Baker said that the students were thrilled to raise the money for the organization, but they were also proud of their peers for donating the money.

“Giving them the check made us feel really good, because we represented our school in a really great way,” Baker said.