SL middle schoolers raise $1,000 to fight liver disease

What does a pie in the face have to do with treating liver disease? For two Spring Lake Middle School students, the promise of the spectacle helped them raise $1,000 to fight liver disease. Sydney Dillen and Maddison Dinneweth, both seventh-graders, approached Shana Woodwyk some time ago about raising money for liver disease treatment or research, Woodwyk said. The teacher and guidance counselor suggested that the two girls donate what they could raise to the Nephrology Department of the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital.
Jordan Travis
Jun 6, 2011


To raise the funds for the Grand Rapids hospital, 24 teachers at the school held a "penny war" in May, in which coins were worth different points and each class tried to get the most, Woodwyk said.

Another contest also involved students putting change in a jar; this time using their money to nominate the teachers who would take a pie in the face. The four teachers who got the most change in their jars took their lumps Friday afternoon in the soccer field as a crowd of kids watched.

Read more of this story in today's print edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.


Ed Dinneweth

Good going, Maddison. Your grandpa's proud of you.......and loves you, too.


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