Miami Christian students collect Pennies for Patients in February

Miami Christian students collect Pennies for Patients in February

Sixth grade student Ryan Perez, collects funds for his class.

Miami Christian School once again began collecting money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Pennies for Patients program during February.

Competition always is great as the elementary, middle and high school classes battle for the most money raised in what they call the “Penny Wars.” The class with the most points in each of the corresponding school grades will win a pizza or doughnut party (depending on the grade).

You can bet there are more than just pennies being collected and all for a great cause. Since paper money counts as negative points, classes start filling other classes jars with cash to get the edge. This results in lots of fun and lots of money being raised for the charity.

This is one of the many ways MCS students are encouraged to help others.

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A graduate of the University of Florida with a major in Spanish, Burns has an extensive background in advertising, marketing and reciprocal trade, travel as well as non profit consulting and management. Burns' volunteer activities led her to become a columnist writing Gloria’s Gab, a column that focuses on the non-profit activity. Burns was Executive Director of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee for 6 years and then served as the first Executive Director of Coral Gables Community Foundation for 14 years after which she helped the emerging Community Foundation of Pinecrest. Active in many non profits, she received the 2015-16 President's Best Member Award from the GFWC Coral Gables Woman's Club, 2012-13 CGWC Leadership Award, 2012-2013 Rotarian of the Year Award as RCCG Public Relations Chair and Fund raising Co-Chair, 2011 Florida Federation of Women’s Club Volunteer of the Year for the District 11 and honored by the City of Doral as one of their first recipients for the Doralian Women's Award. Among her list of current responsibilities, Burns co-chairs two annual student recognition breakfasts for the Coral Gables Friends of Education; helps coordinate charity partners for the Westin Colonnade's Annual Give Kids the World Breakfast; serves on the board of directors of Doral Business Council; is Parliamentarian and serves on the board of the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club; serves the board of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables and is Publicity Chair; and is a member of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee. Gloria is also an active member of the Music Ministry at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church where sings sings in the choir. She can be reached at

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