Lincoln-Way High School District 210 student activities coordinators Jaime Calby, Ali Jakubek, Heather Novak and Dustin Waddell (seated far left and far right) present a check to Andi Cannata and Wade Robinson (center front) from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society during a TEAM Asset meeting at Lincoln-Way Central High School in New Lenox. | Supplied photo
Updated: April 18, 2013 6:05AM
Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 students are trying to make a difference in the lives of families affected by cancer.
Students from all four Lincoln-Way schools — Central, East, North and West — raised $11,697.67 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in conjunction with Make a Difference Day.
The money was collected during a Pennies for Patients campaign at each school. Students set up collection tables in the lunch rooms each year and encourage classmates and teachers to donate loose change during lunch periods.
Lincoln-Way students and staff have donated $96,656.68 to the society since 2006, according to school district records.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. It offers a free, comprehensive array of services to blood cancer patients and their families, volunteer caregivers and advocates, health care professionals and the public.
“We thank you guys from the bottom of our hearts,” Andi Cannata, a representative of the society, told the group as he accepted the check. “We couldn’t do that without your help.”
The Pennies for Patients drive is one of many community service projects organized by District 210 students each year in conjunction with Make a Difference Day.
Other projects have included trash pickup along U.S. 30, and collecting school supplies for underprivileged children, and nonperishable food items for local food pantries.
“Anything we can do as a school to impress on our kids that in order to help make this world a better place for all of us to live and work we must reach out to help others,” Supt. Lawrence A. Wyllie said. “Our staff and students have always been good at these types of programs, but it is more important now than ever before.”