William Paca Middle School recently participated in “Pennies for Patients,” a fundraising program created by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society which helps fund blood cancer research and works to provide help for patients and their families going through treatment. Throughout the three-week collection period, William Paca Middle School students and staff brought in their spare change – pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters – resulting in a donation of $1,316.54.
“The goal of the program was to raise money and awareness for blood cancer research, as well as to show the students that even if they brought in a little, working together it would become a lot,” said Alyssa Cabrera, William Paca Middle School social worker. “It was amazing to see how the teachers and students really worked together to make a difference in the lives of others.
The class that collected and donated the most amount of money was rewarded with a pizza party by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – Michelle Mannix’s and Gisella Prado’s class which raised $196 earned the party. All classes donating more than $100 received bronze pennants – the remaining three classes were Charles Cabrera’s and Deirdre DeFranco’s class with $123, Vanessa Verni’s class with $121 and Michelle Deitch’s and Dawn Kuntzsch’s class with $120.