Penny Drive in Dr. Kate’s Honor

Got any spare change?

Recently my friend Google Alerts notified me that the Arbor Vitae-Woodruff Education Foundation is doing a penny drive to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the penny drive they did to build beloved pioneering Dr. Kate Pelham Newcomb a hospital. This time around the pennies (and nickels, and bills, and checks) are going to fund college scholarships and educational opportunities for local students.

Dr. Kate: Angel on Snowshoes
Dr. Kate: Angel on Snowshoes

I first came across Dr. Kate’s story almost 10 years ago. Not only was she a doctor in a time when women were not encouraged to go to medical school, but she was the only doctor in her part of northern Wisconsin, often trekking out to patients on skis or snowshoes. She was so beloved that when she wished for a hospital, the kids of her community set out to raise the fund for her by collecting pennies. They were successful beyond anyone’s dreams. Since that time, I’ve been lucky enough to share her story with kids in a book for the Wisconsin State Historical Society’s Badger Biography series.

Watch a little more about Dr. Kate’s story in this video the school did below. And read more about the current penny drive here. Consider donating, too. Every penny counts!

Download a donation form and mail it to:

AVWEF
PO Box 2261
Woodruff, WI 54568

(or you can go here to donate by credit card)