Children Have the Power to Make a Positive Impact

Mrs. Marchetti's 4th Grade Class
Mrs. Marchetti's 4th Grade Class

Thank you to Parkway School and Nurse Julie Prescott!!

Children have the power to make a positive impact on the lives of blood cancer patients!  Parkway School joined other schools across Connecticut in a program that is instrumental in raising funds for life-saving cancer research.  They took part in The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Pennies For Patients program from January 27th – February 7th.  During the two week period, students were asked to collect spare change.  Spare change could be hiding anywhere!  Under the couch cushions, in jacket pockets, scattered throughout the car.  The kids learned about service, leadership, and philanthropy.   Many LLS funded advances are already helping not only blood cancer patients but people with other cancers. 

The school raised $3,728.92 in total.  The students were told that the class with the highest amount would be rewarded with a pizza party.  At the end of the program, Mrs. Marchetti’s 4th grade class raised the most.  They chose to forgo the pizza party and donate the money that would have been spent on pizza back to LLS.  On Feb. 21st, Parkway School held an assembly to present a giant “check” for LLS to Barbara Lovely, Campaign Assistant at the CT chapter of LLS.  She is also a Parkway School mom.  Presently there are 300 schools across CT participating in this program.

Parkway School’s nurse Julie Prescott was instrumental in the success of this program.  She went around to all the classrooms to talk to the kids and collected and counted the money.  The money raised goes to research at Yale and the many patient services provided to local families.  The students have helped work to change and better the lives of patients struggling with these cancers in CT.   For more information about the Pennies For Patients program or to get your school involved go to www.schoolandyouth.org/‎ or call 203-379-0445.


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