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Pasta for Pennies creates change in cancer research

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Approximately every three minutes, one person in the United States is diagnosed with blood cancer, and approximately every nine minutes, someone in the United States dies from it according to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society (LLS). The service learning ambassadors of Northwest have organized Pasta for Pennies to create a difference.

“Pasta for Pennies is a collaboration with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society with Olive Garden, curriculum facilitator and service learning adviser Susan Orr said. “They’ve teamed together to help promote all of the things LLS does. In exchange for all the hard work schools do, Olive Garden then gives a free lunch to the class that wins.”

Every year, the service ambassadors organize Pasta for Pennies to raise money for blood cancer research.

“In order to complete this task, we do collection days to collect the money and we count it up to give it to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society,” sophomore Anthony Johnson said. “This is our main focus this year to raise money to go to cancer research.

According to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society website, their mission is to Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Junior Isabella Felder is a part of the service learning ambassadors and she believes Pasta for Pennies is a great way to help make a difference.

“I think it is for a good cause and it’s a good way to raise money and make people aware, especially students who can help out with extra change or dollars,” Felder said.

To organize this event, the service learning ambassadors have done many things to make sure Pasta for Pennies goes smoothly. They set up all the boxes, collect the money and count the money every week.

“The service learning ambassadors have worked really hard,” Orr said. “For promotion, they made announcements, posters and some things that go on the TV. They are collecting in fourth period during all the lunches and they are continuing to come up with great ideas throughout the rest of the year to continue to promote LLS and help find a cure.”

Any student who wants to contribute to LLS for cancer research can do so by giving their spare change into the box. To take it a step further, students may create their own fundraising page, as many teachers in the school have done.

“Students who want to help can give their change and talk about it with the community,” Orr said. “Every student has the ability to create their own link, so that can be connected to their families and their families’ businesses. The more that the word is spread, the more money is raised, so that hopefully, they will find a cure for cancer.”

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