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Valley View Elementary Students Rewarded for Charity Efforts with Player Visit

February 14, 2011 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Rapid City Rush News Release

(Rapid City, SD) - Today, Rapid City Rush players visited Valley View Elementary School as a reward for the student's charitable contributions. Rush players Scott Wray, Danny Battochio, Colt King, Riley Weselowski and Konrad Reeder joined Head Coach Joe Ferras in attending the classrooms.

In a school wide fundraiser, students collected a total of $2,336.05 for 'Pennies for Patients'. The event spanned over two weeks with the top three fund raising classes receiving a special visit from Rush players and coaches.

"The players coming to visit Valley View Elementary caused quite a stir," said Aynsley Chimiski, a fourth and fifth grade math teacher. "Many brought items from home for the players to sign, but the Rush players were kind enough to bring plenty of gifts as well. Because the students knew the top three classes were going to meet the Rush, kids were going home to do extra chores, bringing in tooth fairy money and saving overall for quite a few weeks. It speaks to the tremendous character of the students who were so willing to donate. Not only are they caring and generous, but they also show good citizenship and respect. At the same time, thank you to the Rush who came so willingly, answered any and all questions, and took time to speak to the students about doing well in studies and staying in school."

Since 1994, millions of dollars have been raised in pennies and other spare change by more than 10 million elementary, middle and high school students throughout the country. The funds, collected during a three-week period, benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Students across the country are collecting pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters during the Pennies for Patients campaigns benefiting the Society.

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