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.