North Ridge students raise money for leukemia

North Ridge Elementary School Student Council members are leading other Tigers at the school in raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

The class that raises the most money at North Ridge will get a pasta party from Olive Garden in the classroom during their Valentine’s Day party. The pasta party will include spaghetti, salad and breadsticks to feed the winning class.

Joy Fields, a student council sponsor, said this is the group’s second year of doing the fundraiser.

Last year it wasn’t as well-planned, she said, with only two days of events. “Just during those two quick days, we raised $605. So we’re really hoping to raise at least a thousand (this year). Our school is very generous, so it wouldn’t surprise me if we got more than that,” said Fields.

Fields said she began planning for the event in the fall to begin organization this year. Students will pay $1 each day to take part in dress-up fun day events such as College Monday, Sock Tuesday, Camouflage Wednesday, Hat Thursday and Nerd Friday next week. Student Council members will collect all the money on Monday, Feb. 2.

Fields said there will be a link on North Ridge’s Web site to a link which will allow parents to pre-pay if they wish. Parents can then print out the receipt for students to take to school to count toward the classroom total.

The Pasta for Pennies event is part of a national program from Olive Garden to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. In the program’s 14-year history, Olive Garden’s Pasta for Pennies program has contributed more than $42 million to support research and provide critical services to patients and their families.

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