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Local Elementary School On a Mission to Collect a Million PenniesSubmitted: 02/22/2013
Story By Ryan Abney

WOODRUFF-ARBOR VITAE - Kate Pelham was a Northwoods doctor from 1931 to 1956. Her medical service to the community made her a legend--and it was all done without a hospital.

In 1953, students from Arbor-Vitae-Woodruff Elementary School collected a million pennies to help build the area's first medical center.

From now until May--Some AVW students are on a mission to repeat history for Dr. Kate's Scholarship Fund.

Today at Citizen's Bank in Woodruff--AVW 3rd Graders went to make their first deposit. AVW teacher Joanne Fitz Patrick likes to see the kids have some fun. There's always a lesson to learn whether students see it or not.

"The teamwork and the cooperation and the research and the history the kids are learning about our community is just huge there's just so much for them to take part in. And the excitement that's growing at our school about the idea of getting a million pennies again is just awesome."

Dr. Kate Musuem Curator Marsha Doud knows what those kids did for the community. She's proud to see the tradition is alive today.

"Sixty-years later new generations of kids are learning their legacy, their schools legacy to the community."

The 60th Anniversary Million Penny Parade is set for May 25th.


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