High school students raise over $1,700 for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in Pennies for Pasta challenge


Students and staff at DeForest Area High School have raised over $1,700 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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.”

NHS advisor, Colleen Kollasch, said the group’s goal was to raise $3,000.  While they fell short of their goal this year, the students felt it was a worthwhile project to build awareness and make a significant donation.

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.

Students in Amy Jambor’s advisory were the overall winners of the competition. A runner-up advisory in each class received a donut party.  These included students in the following advisory classes:

Seniors: Jan Williams
Juniors: Ashley Collegnon and Andrea Dorshorst (tie)
Sophomores: David Haas
Freshmen: Kari Diederich

One comment

  1. On behalf of Jan Williams daughter as well as a lymphoma cancer patient, I want to say thank you! Your work raising money is absolutely wonderful and needed for our foundation. You will help those of us with these cancers tremendously and we appreciate your efforts! From the bottom of my heart – thank you!

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