Blair Surpasses Goal for Leukemia/Lymphoma Fundraiser

L-R: Cadet Lt. Col. Desiree Terriquez, Chelsea Ho, Carlos Linares, Karika Thompson, Principal Trudell Skinner

During three weeks in February, Blair High and Middle School’s “Pennies for Pasta” drive raised money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). The fundraiser was operated by the officers of the Associated Student Body (ASB) Council, and introduced at Blair’s monthly Culture of Excellence assemblies as a competition between individual classrooms. The drive raised a whopping $2,050 to aid the LLS in its work with and for children and adults with blood cancers, far exceeding the expected goal.

Donation boxes were placed in each classroom and a running tally of 4th period middle school classes and 2nd period high school classes kept the competition fierce. ASB officers, aided by ASB Bookkeeper Ms. Josie Chong, gathered and counted the funds raised in each classroom each weekday for the three-week campaign period. In a close race, the winning class, raising just over $240– mostly in pocket change–was Mr. Saul Rico’s 10th grade AP world history class. They will receive a pasta lunch courtesy of the LLS, catered by Olive Garden. In a competition of their own between the various classes of the Army JROTC, that group raised just over $300, earning the 5th period class a pizza party sponsored by the Blair ASB.

In a ceremony in Blair’s amphitheatre on March 4, Mr. Rico’s winning class joined Blair Principal Trudell Skinner, ASB President Carlos Linares, ASB Vice-President Chelsea Ho, and the JROTC Battalion Commander, Cadet Lt. Col. Desiree Terriquez, as they presented a check for $2,050 to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society representative Karika Thompson. She thanked all of Blair for the hard work and the excellent donation, and expressed the hope Blair would join the campaign again in the future.

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