Students donate $1,430 to American Cancer Society |

Students donate $1,430 to American Cancer Society

Carson Valley Middle School students cracked open their piggy banks and donated more than $1,430.89 Thursday to the American Cancer Society.

The National Junior Honor Society hosted a penny war fundraiser at the school for two weeks to raise money to donate to a non-profit organization.

"The students organize the fundraiser and choose who they want to donate to," said NJHS advisor Lin Falkner. "Every class had a jar and everyone at the school participated."

Falkner said mostly coins were collected, but many teachers put in larger amounts and one student donated $100.

"He had lost his cousin to cancer, so with consent of his generous parents, he donated the money," said Falkner.

Another student told Mary Bowers, event lead of Relay for Life, that he had poured everything he had saved for himself into the jar.

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"The power of our kids is amazing," said Bowers.

"It's great to recognize kids doing great things," she added. "What these students did and how they did it is just amazing."

Bowers, community manager Tara Wise and community engagement director Jessica McCaffrey represented the American Cancer Society at the check presentation.

"We are blessed that this check from CVMS can be added to the amount we have raised so far," Wise said. "I am really impressed that you (NJHS) put all this together and raised the money, then chose the American Cancer Society as who you wanted to donate to. It's really amazing and we truly appreciate it."

Bowers said since Gardnerville and Carson City have joined in Relay for Life, her goal is to bring the schools of both communities together.

"We are doing our best to combine the communities and wouldn't it be cool if the schools united too and participated in Relay for Life together?" Bowers said. "It would grow so much."

Bowers said the greatest support for a cancer fighter or survivor comes from the community.

"When a cancer fighter, survivor, caregivers and families have the support from the community, that's huge and it is appreciated," she said.

Carson and Douglas will compete as one team at the annual celebration for cancer survivors at Mills Park 11 a.m.-11 p.m. May 20. The goal is to raise $55,000 before the event.

For more information, to register for the Relay for Life event or to make a donation, visit