Your News Palatine Students Raise Nearly $7,000 for Cancer Research

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Byline: Submitted by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Illinois Chapter

Last month, students at Marion Jordan Elementary School in Palatine collected nearly $7,000 in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Pennies for Patients program, which raises funds for blood cancer research and patient services. Students at the school easily exceeded their $1,000 goal for the three-week campaign.

Student Ambassadors at Marion Jordan Elementary, led by teachers Kristen Eckman and Lizzie Falkenberg, coordinated the school's efforts. At a kick-off assembly, a parent from the school spoke about their child's battle against cancer, and students learned more about the difference their fundraising makes in research advances and services for Illinois patients through LLS.

Creative and effective incentives helped students fundraise. A penny graph in the school's foyer recorded the progress of each classroom, as the highest-raising classroom received a pizza party, courtesy of Domino's Pizza.

Three special activities motivated students to raise more money, including an "Electronic Lunch" and a crazy hair day. For Electronic Lunch, students donated $5 to use an electronic of choice during supervised recess in the gym.

In another activity, "Stuck for a Buck," students paid $1 to help duct tape Marion Jordan principal Jennifer Grosch to a wall. In total, the Student Ambassadors helped the school raise $6,993.

"Working with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society was a very pleasant and easy experience," said Falkenberg, who coordinates the Student Ambassadors and is a fourth-grade teacher at Marion Jordan. "We look forward to helping again in the future."

"We are so appreciative to the students, teachers and staff of Marion Jordan Elementary for their passionate involvement," said LLS Executive Director Pam Swenk.

"Without the commitment of each and every participant, and the dollars raised, we would not be able to invest in the research that is changing the quality of life for kids and adults fighting blood cancers."

Leukemia, a type of blood cancer, remains the leading disease-related cause of death for children younger than 20. …