During a three-week period in the school year, students in first through 12th grades from more than 150 schools throughout Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire will participate in Pasta for Pennies by filling collection jars and boxes in their classrooms with spare change. The top fundraising class at each participating school will receive a pasta party from their local Olive Garden restaurant.
“The commitment that these students have to the Pasta for Pennies program is outstanding,” said Sharon Klein, executive director for the LLS Massachusetts Chapter. “It is through their efforts and generous donations that we continue to advance our goal: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.”
To help kick off Pasta for Pennies, local Olive Garden restaurants host lunches for representatives from participating schools. Olive Garden also provides marketing support and materials for 43 participating LLS chapters, including the Massachusetts Chapter.
“The spare change that these students collect makes a huge difference in so many lives,” said Shannon Garcia, Olive Garden senior vice president of operations. “With the passionate participation of all the students, teachers and parents, we are confident that Pasta for Pennies will have another successful year supporting LLS and its mission.”