Kathy Nothnagel, representative from the LLC, visited our campus for community meetings to teach our students about blood cancers and explain to them how their fundraising efforts will help find a cure for these diseases. Our students were given individual collection boxes, which they used to collect spare change over the course of a three-week period. Many of them walked around their neighborhoods to ask for change and even emptied their own piggy banks to donate to this worthy cause. Fun prizes, such as a “Pop Into Reading Party” and a pajama day, were awarded each week to the top fundraising classrooms. The grand prize awarded to the top fundraising classroom is a pasta party from the Olive Garden, the co-sponsor of Pasta for Pennies. We would like to thank Ms. Stelzer for taking on this initiative for CICS Irving Park!
Week 1: Ms. Rohan’s class won a Pop Into Reading party. The grand total raised that week was $2,699.64
Week 2: Ms. Nolan’s class won a pajama day. The grand total raised that week was $1,303.26 – we doubled our initial goal that week!
Week 3: Sophia’s class raises the most money that week (more than any class, any week) and also wins the grand prize. They raised $702.89 in three weeks and the entire school raised a combined $6298.18 – the most money ever raised in Chicago since the LLS launched this program in 2003-04!
“We’re so appreciative to the students, teachers and staff of CICS Irving Park for the funds they raised this spring through the Pasta for Pennies program,” said Kathy Nothnagel of LLS. “Their achievement is truly awesome and allows LLS to continue to fund research for lifesaving treatments and to provide support to families dealing with blood cancers.”
- Kathy Nathnagel, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
“We are truly grateful with our CICS Irving Park family for all the support we have received and also for the participation in Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Pasta for Pennies. Not only did our school raise money for a great cause but also demonstrated their Puma Pride by learning and raising awareness about blood cancers. We are proud to be part of the wonderful CICS Irving Park family! Thank you all and ‘Go Pumas!’”
~ Bahena Family