Money raised goes to Akron Children's Mahoning Valley

By William K. Alcorn


Students from school districts in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties today wound up their Koins for Kids campaigns to benefit Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley.

This weekend and early next week, they will count the money raised and then report their totals Wednesday, Thursday and Friday during live remote broadcasts over Clear Channel Radio’s WKBN 570 AM from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. at locations in their counties.

The locations are:

Columbiana County, Wednesday: Dutch Village Inn, 150 E. state Route 14, Columbiana.

Trumbull County, Thursday: Sprint/G&G Wireless in the Howland Plaza, 8214 East Market St., Howland.

Mahoning County, next Friday: Perkins Restaurant, 804 Boardman-Poland Road, Boardman.

Traditionally, numerous individuals and organizations come to the remote broadcasts to donate to Koins for Kids, said James J. Brown, chief operating officer of Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream and Yogurt.

This year, some 18,000 students from 30 schools participated in Koins for Kids campaigns from Dec. 2 to today, compared with 9,500 students from 18 schools in 2009 when school campaigns raised $17,000 during the inaugural Koins for Kids, Brown said.

As a campaign incentive, the school in each county that raised the most money per student will be treated to an ice-cream social and a DJ and school dance, he said.

Koins for Kids, begun five years ago by Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream and Yogurt, done in conjunction with an area firefighters’ boot drive on the first Saturday in November, raised $100,000 the first four years, including $48,000 in 2012.

Though the money is important and will help kids at Akron Children’s, Brown said participation is the main goal.

“I don’t know if there is a better lesson we can teach our kids than to help others,” he added.

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