Santa Maria Sun / School Scene
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 13, Issue 48
Ontiveros Elementary School raises money for cancer treatment and research
With another week to go, an Ontiveros Elementary School penny drive raised $2,000, half of the students’ goal, for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society from Jan. 21 to Feb. 1.
Ontiveros has donated to the society for at least the last 10 years, and fifth-grade teacher Linda Corley has organized the drive for the last four.
Corley said the goal is to beat last year’s total of $4,095.72. In addition to bringing leftover pennies from home, some classes are selling school supplies at lunch or snacks after school.
Corley’s fifth graders have raised about $400 of the $800 goal they set for themselves. Their next idea is to try to get at least 100 of Santa Maria’s more than 100,000 residents to donate a quarter to the school. They could then add another $25 to their total.
In a press release sent out by the fifth-grade class, students said that the money donated could help researchers find a cure for different types of cancer.
“Also, many families will benefit because the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society keeps families together so that children aren’t so scared while going through treatment,” they said. “Whether it is a penny or a quarter, it all makes a difference.”
Although the drive ends on Feb. 8, Corley said the school will happily accept late donations for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
For more information, call Ontiveros Elementary School at 361-7680. Donations can be mailed or dropped off in person at 930 W. Rancho Verde, Santa Maria, CA, 93458.