Antioch students raise $1,500 for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

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Antioch Elementary School students display collection boxes for their recent Pennies for Patients fundraiser. The school donated $1,500 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society following the February collection. Back row, from left, are Lindsay Gilligan, Ayden Howell, Cristina Ramos and Matthew Nguyen. In the front row are Michael Richards and Amani Hooks.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 12:30 PM.

CRESTVIEW — The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has an additional $1,500 that it can use for blood cancer research, education and patient support services.

Throughout February, Antioch Elementary School students donated that much loose change for the Pennies for Patients drive, event organizer and first-grade teacher Kristen Jordan said. The amount surpassed last year's $800 donation.

Cristina Ramos, 10, set up a collection container at home to get her family involved.

"I put it on the table, and they would put pennies in it," she said. "Every day, I would take it back to school to see how much money I would raise."

Cristina said she couldn't remember how much she donated, but she brought change to school each day.

Jordan said she submitted students' donations through a local Coinstar machine. Patrons can feed coins into the system and donate the amount to several charitable causes. 

The experience gave students some perspective into helping others in need.



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