Eastin-Arcola High School recently pledged to raise $500 for the nonprofit Leukemia and Lymphoma Society over the course of three weeks through a “Pennies for Patients” fundraiser. They not only met their goal. They raised double the amount.
“Many students know someone who has been effected by cancer and can empathize with the cause,” said teacher Carey Mendiboure, whose class was one of the top earners. Other effective fundraisers were classes taught by Juan Avitia and Sabrina Montoya.
For the project’s kickoff, students were shown a brief video at an assembly. They continued to learn about leukemia (a disease affecting blood-forming parts of the body) and lymphoma (a cancer of the lymph nodes) in the school’s daily announcement as they brought in money in all denominations. Some students also wrote letters to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, which is a health organization that funds blood cancer research and provides educational and patient services.
In addition to bringing in money to their 2nd period class, students also organized hot dog and nacho sales. Several teachers also pledged to match their class’s totals. After 15 days, students had raised $1,000, which breaks down to about $4 per student...