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Penn High School Honored as a Riley Hospital “Red Wagon Sponsor”

Dr. Galiher with Kingsmen Court students, teacher sponsors Sandy Hunter & Sarah Klein, Dr. Thacker

This afternoon (Friday, Sept. 29) representatives from Riley Children's Foundation visited Penn High School to thank members of Kingsmen Court, Penn students and staff for their generosity. 


Last year Kingsmen Court organized the "Turkey Legs" competition, during which teachers wear shorts and/or dress up in costumes in the days leading up to Thanksgiving Break, and collect money from students and staff with all proceeds going to Riley Children's Hospital.


Last year's "Turkey Legs" raised $7,436. 25 teachers participated, and three raised over $1,000: Glenn Northern, Kyle Berres, and Jeremy Starkweather. Glenn Northern raised just over $1,600 in donations!

Bennett Blazo 2022 Turkey Legs Jeremey Starkweather 2022 Turkey Legs


With this gift to Riley, the Foundation was able to sponsor an actual Red Wagon at the hospital--the patients’ main method of transportation in the facility--with a special license plate bearing Penn High School's name to honor the Kingsmen's generous philanthropic spirit.  


Today Susan Miles, the Riley's Kids Caring & Sharing Officer came to Penn to honor Penn for achieving its Red Wagon Sponsor status presenting a duplicate license plate to Kingsmen Court representatives, teacher sponsors Sandy Hunter and Sarah Klein, as well as Principal Dr. Sean Galiher and P-H-M Superintendent Dr. Jerry Thacker.


Penn High School has a history of raising thousands of dollars for Riley Children's Foundation. In 2018 and 2019, Penn students held a Dance Marathon FTK (For The Kids) raising $25,090.16 and $36,929.21 respectively. And even during the 2020 pandemic shutdown without holding the Dance Marathon, Penn students were still able to raise $25,008.12 virtually!


In year's past, Penn's annual Dodgeball Tournament proceeds have also been donated to Riley. In 2019, the Tournament raised $4,154.25. Click to read more.


We are very proud of our students and staff for their commitment to community service.