Students at Matthews Elementary School recently participated in an eight-day campaign for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s “Pasta for Pennies” program sponsored by Olive Garden, where parents and students donated more than $11,000.
The school currently holds the North Carolina state record for collecting the most money in the history of the program.
“I think a lot of our big money came from having activities like crazy hair day, sock day and hat day, where students could pay $1 to participate,” Shalan Fry, dean of students at the school, said. Fry organized the campaign.
Students also collected spare change and had the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for events like lunch with the principal, and “stuck for a buck,” where the assistant principal was chosen to be duct taped to the wall.
Two classes were dubbed winners of the collection because of the average amount of money raised per student, with Brian Lowry’s first grade class at over $50 per student and Lisa Bryant’s third grade class at over $21 per student.
“This was our first time, but this is definitely something we want to pursue for the next year,” Fry said.
Nearly $1,500 was also donated online. Residents can still donate online through the school by going to www.schoolandyouth.org, click on North Carolina and follow the link to the Matthews Elementary donation page.