The Edmond Sun

December 28, 2012

Local students collect spare change for cancer research


The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Students throughout Oklahoma have collected $222,000 through Pasta for Pennies, presented by Olive Garden and benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Thanks to the efforts of students nationwide, $10.7 million was raised through Pasta for Pennies this year, bringing the total raised since 1994 to more than $70 million.

In Oklahoma, more than 85,000 students at 165 elementary, middle and high schools in seven counties filled collection jars and boxes in their classrooms with spare change during a three-week period during the school year. The top fundraising class at each participating school received a pasta party from their local Olive Garden restaurant.

Spare change raised through Pasta for Pennies helps fund blood cancer research and provides much needed services and support to leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma patients and their families.

“We congratulate all of the students who put forth such an amazing effort in support of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society,” said John Caron, president of Olive Garden.  “Through Pasta for Pennies they have come to understand that even the smallest donation can have a significant impact on their local community. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is moving closer to a cure because of their efforts.”

The top fundraising schools in Oklahoma include:

• John G. Whittier Middle School in Norman with $8,366.84 collected;

• Wayland Bonds Elementary School in Moore with $8,039.73; and

• Oklahoma Christian Elementary School in Edmond with $7,889.89.

“Pasta for Pennies continues to provide so many teachable moments for these students,” said Danielle Looper, campaign manager of the LLS Oklahoma Chapter. “Teachers do an amazing job incorporating Pasta for Pennies into their math and science curriculum. In addition, kids learn about how important it is to give back to the local community. We thank those teachers, students, parents and Olive Garden for making Pasta for Pennies so successful. Our patients and their families truly appreciate it.”

 To learn more about the Leukemia & Lymphona Society, visit www.LLS.org or contact the Information Resource Center at 800-955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET.