Pennies for Pasta at Brandenburg Intermediate to Benefit Blood Cancer Research

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During the first two weeks of February, students at Brandenburg Intermediate could be seen moving from classroom to classroom, collecting jars from teachers, and counting student and staff donations for blood cancer research.  The fundraiser organized by the school’s fifth and sixth grade students raised an estimated $1,200 to support the mission of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society – curing leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myeloma and improving the quality of life for patients and their families.

“Mostly I just wanted to do my part to help save lives, because this program is raising money to fight cancer,” explains sixth-grader Kaleigh Wofford, who sold “dress code” passes at the cafeteria fundraiser table during lunch each day.   “I think this fundraiser will encourage the patients because they can see people care about them.”

Pennies-for-Pasta-3Students in two leadership organizations at Brandenburg, the Student Ambassadors Club and the DIVAS, are committed to making a positive impact in their community.  The two clubs partnered to organize a contest between all Brandenburg classes, to see which could raise the most “Pennies for Pasta.” The winning class will be awarded a pasta lunch to recognize their generosity towards those in need.

This is the second year Brandenburg students have raised money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and this year sixth grade student ambassador Aadon Benson helped by handing out cards for donating students to sign and post on a cafeteria bulletin board.  He’s very happy with the results of his club’s work. “I feel like we’re making a difference because we’ve already counted more than last year’s total donations of $1,075.”

Brandenburg counselor Tomica Jackson has helped students store records as they tally contributions, and praises their passion for serving others. “The students have not only demonstrated the ability to show leadership skills for the future, but this community service project has also brought out their compassion to help others and save lives.  For this reason, we are extremely proud of our campus leadership clubs.”