Burbank Elementary School students and staff raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Students and staff at Burbank Elementary School raised more than $1,500 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) through Olive Garden’s Pasta for Pennies/Pennies for Patients program.
Burbank has participated in the program for several years, raising more than $8,000 for LLS. Funds this year were raised through the SCA’s Valentine’s Candy Gram sale and contributions from both students and staff. The staff contributed over $250 with the additional funds being raised by students.
The winning classes raising over $100 are as follows:
Mrs. Doherty’s PreK class - $277.28
Mrs. Saab’s first grade class - $276.78
Mrs. Thompson’s fourth grade class - $140.88
Mrs. Funkhouser’s third grade class - $112.79
The top two classes are being treated to a lunch from Olive Garden. It is usually only the top class who receives lunch, however, the top two classes are only $.50 apart in their totals so Olive Garden agreed to treat both classes.
Amber Willaford, teacher sponsor of the event, said, “I am very proud of our students here at Burbank. This is an organization that is dear to my heart and it makes me feel so good about our students and staff who are willing to give so much of themselves to make this a successful fundraiser for such a worthwhile organization.”
Since the campaign's inception 13 years ago, Olive Garden's Pasta For Pennies has raised more than $31 million, thanks to the efforts of students, parents, teachers and school administrators across the nation. During a three-week period between January and May, students bring spare change to their classrooms. The money raised through student contributions supports leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma research and patient services.
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