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Chatfield Elementary School students raise nearly $6,000 to help student fighting cancer Chatfield Elementary School students raise nearly $6,000 to help student fighting cancer

CHATFIELD, Minn. (KTTC) -- Those who say pennies are worthless haven't made a trip to Chatfield Elementary School recently.

During the past week, students at the school have competed in penny wars to see who could donate the most cash. However, this isn't just a way to unload spare change; they're doing it to support Caleb Eide, a first grader at the school currently fighting cancer.

"We've collected money in the past for different things, and the kids really got on board with this idea, and it's just spun into what it is today," said Jodie Daniels, a teacher at Chatfield Elementary.

The outpouring of support for Caleb has resulted in nearly $6,000 in donations raised since the last week of March and an estimated $2,000 on Wednesday alone. Caleb's friends and classmates have counted the avalanche of copper all week, and they don't mind doing the work as long as it helps Caleb out.

"We like helping him and doing stuff for him," said Amaya Harmening, Caleb's classmate.

"Just imagine what his bills are right now," said Cody Guenther, Caleb's friend. "They're probably way, way up there because of all the surgery and stuff that he had done, and this can help pay the bills and stuff."

Even Daniels, the teacher who arranged the penny wars, is amazed by just how fast their fundraising efforts took off.

"We were excited on day one just to get $200, so then to have that amount every day increase and to have huge amounts of money every single day has been inspirational," said Daniels.

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