Too LeGette to Quit: Students Collect Nearly $4,600 for Cancer Research

Earl LeGette Elementary School students collected $4,596.38 for cancer research through the "Pennies for Patients" fundraiser.

A little spare change here and there: it can add up fast. 

That’s what happened during a three-week charity drive at Earl LeGette Elementary School, where students collected $4,596.38 for cancer research. 

The “Pennies for Patients” funds benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. As part of the project, the nonprofit organization provides participating schools with lesson plans that support service learning and character building. 

And for many students, the drive was a personal opportunity to honor late LeGette teacher Dennis Lauritzen. 

At $835.62, teacher Kimberly Orsolini’s class raised the highest total at LeGette. The students declined an offer from the nonprofit to provide $50 toward a pizza party – they wanted the organization to keep the money - so Orsolini personally treated the kids to a celebration.


Trent Allen, special to Fair Oaks Patch, is the spokesman for the San Juan Unified School District.

Linda Park February 17, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Students getting involved like this = super awesome. I think it's fantastic that they even declined a $50 pizza party. Great job!
Erica Bakeman February 19, 2012 at 05:00 PM
I lvoe seeeing kids learn the value of community service early. What great students.
Victor Calderon February 21, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Yes, the Fair Oaks community can be proud of these kids. And great headline, bringing in an MC Hammer classic song title.


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