Fourth-graders raise $10K for childhood cancer hospital

The Point Pleasant Borough Environmental Commission's annual Earth Day Celebration has been canceled once again amid the coronavirus pandemic. [DANIELLA HEMINGHAUS]

POINT PLEASANT — The Nellie F. Bennett Elementary School fourth-grade classes have raised nearly $11,000 to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

According to officials, the students raised $10,664 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during this year’s Math-A-Thon event.

“It was definitely one of our highest totals ever, so that made it exciting for the kids. We set the challenge right off the bat … but we were not expecting that. We doubled our total from last year [where $4,925 was raised],” teacher Lisa Moran told The Ocean Star.


“They love to help out and are just happy to help out. They get so excited and so motivated to do right by their peers.”

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is America’s leading childhood-cancer research center. The funds raised through the annual Math-A-Thon event aid St. Jude’s efforts in research and treatment of childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. 

Through participating in the St. Jude Math-A-Thon, students help ensure that families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food, allowing families to focus on helping their child get healthy.

“There are a couple of kids here in fourth grade who have somebody, a sibling, who is going through their own medical issues, so they definitely appreciate the camaraderie and the help. They can definitely relate and it kind of builds that empathy and that sympathy for others.”

According to Ms. Moran, Nellie F. Bennett’s fourth-grade classes have been involved with St. Jude’s Math-A-Thon event since 2005. To date more than $100,000 has been raised.

“It is incredible. You think they would get tired of it but this always seems to rejuvenate them and we always try to run it over Valentine’s week … we call it ‘Showing the Nellie Love,’” she said.

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