Shafer Elementary students during the 2011-12 school year raised about $6,000, or $9.20 per student on average, to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through the Pasta for Pennies program.
As part of the program, sponsored by the Olive Garden restaurant chain, students donate change to contribution jars in school classrooms. The proceeds go toward medical research and efforts to fight blood-related cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma.
The school board and administration on Monday recognized Shafer students for their outstanding efforts in raising funds for a good cause.
William Mudlock, the school's principal, said the fundraising effort also provides a learning life experience for Shafer students.
“More than just collecting the money, they learn about the disease and what we can do to hopefully eradicate it,” Mudlock said.
According to www.lls.org:
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.