Old Mill Elementary donates over $10,000 to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for Kindness Month

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Old Mill Elementary School students and staff went out of their way to celebrate kindness during the month of February. While we all value kindness in our day-to-day lives, it can be difficult to practice kindness as a daily act. Old Mill decided they wanted to take one month and dedicate it to doing as much good as possible within those days. 

Counselor Brittany Joiner explained the inspiration for the initiative came from second grade student Brynn Bleemel, who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) in September 2020. Brynn is currently in remission while receiving chemotherapy. 

“Old Mill showed support for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS),” says Ms. Joiner. “The goal of LLS is to cure blood cancer and improve the lives of patients and their families. They have been bringing awareness to their students at Old Mill and raising money to support those that are fighting each and every day.” 

The school’s initial goal was to raise $2,021 for LLS, the number chosen for the year of 2021, Old Mill ended up raising $10,050, almost five times their goal.

In addition to this fundraiser, each classroom played a part in the Kindness Challenge, where each homeroom was tasked with raising at least $150 for LLS, completing a community service project, and doing a random act of kindness for another homeroom. 


Community projects the homerooms completed include: 

  • Kindergarten donated items to the local animal shelter. 

  • First grade provided cookies and made cards for the police department, and donated food to the Food Pantry. 

  • Second grade donated canned items for the Food Pantry. 

  • Third grade donated items to the Norton’s Children’s Hospital. 

  • Fourth grade donated items to the Mt. Washington’s Fire Department. 

  • Fifth grade sent cards to a local cancer patient that is currently at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. 


Participating classes included: 

  • Ms. Stevens

  • Ms. Watson

  • Ms. Osborne

  • Ms. Jump

  • Ms. Miller

  • Ms. O’Bryan

  • Ms. McClure

  • Ms. Wise

  • Ms. Gentry

  • Ms. Biglari

  • Ms. Bleemel

  • Ms. Goetzinger


“We are so proud of our school community for coming together to support LLS,” says Ms. Joiner. “Our Old Mill family blew us away with their support around this cause. It was amazing walking through the halls overhearing, ‘We are doing this for Brynn!’ or ‘Did you know this money is going to help lots of kids?’” 

Dr. Howard, Principal of Old Mill, expressed joy at the event’s success. 

“I can’t express enough gratitude for Ms. Joiner and how hard she worked to organize the fundraiser and Kindness Month,” Dr. Howard praises. “I think it taught out students how important that being kind is not only for the month of February, but every day of the year. On February 26, I asked one of our students what the most important thing that they learned about kindness was and they said that it spreads, and I thought that was perfect.” 

Joiner said kindness happens each day at Old Mill, and this event will happen again in February 2022. 



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