High school students raise over $3,000 for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in Pennies for Pasta program

Students and staff at DeForest Area High School have raised $3,051 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Deanne Lensert's advisory
Deanne Lensert’s Advisory class

Throughout the month of March, members of the school’s National Honor Society (NHS) partnered with the national Pennies for Pasta program to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

According to the Pennies for Pasta website, the program is “presented by Olive Garden as a service learning, character education and philanthropy program that gives students a unique experience by making a difference through teamwork—working together to aid thousands of children and adults in the fight against blood cancers like leukemia.”

Christian Ezell's advisory
Christian Ezell’s advisory

NHS advisor, Colleen Kollasch, said the group’s goal was to raise $2,000.  To encourage participation from the entire high school, NHS members created a competition among the 50 advisory classes at the high school.  Each advisory class of about 25 students was challenged to raise money over a three-week period. The class raising the most won a pasta party from Olive Garden. Since the school raised over $1,000, Olive Garden is now providing two pasta parties!  The top two advisory classes winning the pasta parties are Deanne Lensert’s class, where students raised $588, and Christian Ezell’s class, with $480.

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