During the week before winter break, the students and staff at Eagle Ridge Junior High raised $964 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) through a penny drive organized by the Bridges program. Students from all grade levels brought in loose change to compete in a friendly competition among the different grade levels and teachers.
The students in the Bridges program were in charge of building sculptures to promote the fundraiser, collecting coins in the morning, and then sorting and counting them each day to find the overall total.
On the final day of the drive, students and teachers were encouraged to bring in larger donations to get closer to the goal of $500. It was a great surprise to see that we reached our goal and almost doubled it!
For their hard work, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will be awarding the Bridges students a gold pennant, which is reserved for groups that raise more than $300.
This is the first year that Eagle Ridge has participated in a school-wide fundraiser for LLS. The organization is the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research. It is a great organization and we hope to raise even more next year!