Two million elementary, middle and high school students in more than 2,700 schools across the country will soon begin collecting spare change for Olive Garden's Pasta For Pennies, a program benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's School & Youth campaign.
Since the campaign's inception 13 years ago, Olive Garden's Pasta For Pennies has raised more than $31 million, thanks to the efforts of students, parents, teachers and school administrators across the nation. During a three-week period between January and May, students bring spare change to their classrooms. The money raised through student contributions supports leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma research and patient services. The class in each school that raises the most money receives a pasta party delivered to their classroom and served by their local Olive Garden.
"Pasta For Pennies last year raised a record-breaking $4.2 million solely through student contributions," said Dwayne Howell, the Society's CEO and president. "Each penny contributed helps advance the Society's mission of finding cures for blood cancers and improving the quality of life for patients and their families."
Sorensen Elementary will kick off our Pasta for Pennies campaign on Monday, February 2, 2015.
Jump Rope For Heart and Hoops For Heart are national education and fundraising events sponsored by the American Heart Association and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD).
These events engage elementary and middle school students with jumping rope or playing basketball while empowering them to improve their own health and help other kids with heart-health issues. And both programs are great ways to satisfy the physical education standards as determined by NASPE (National Association for Sport and Physical Education) and AAHE (American Association for Health Education).
Sorensen Elementary students will have our kick-off on February 23, 2015 with a two week span.
Sorensen Elementary students participated in a Nature Conservation for Future Generations Habitat Project where they learned about native plants and trees, the planting process and how their actions in this process will affect flora and fauna on our campus for years to come. We are thankful for the partnership with Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge which made this endeavor possible.
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