Lauren Palma’s seventh-graders at Carle Place Middle School recently completed the service-learning project Pennies for Patients.

The students’ hard work resulted in the collection of $1,000, which will be donated to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.

To commence the annual project, the students attended a kickoff assembly, where they learned about the program and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Over a four-week period, they collected funds from friends and family. Some students even set up lemonade stands.

The project was part of a lesson called “Little Things Make a Big Difference,” which taught the seventh-graders about volume by having them calculate how much change they could fit in their collection boxes.  

For their hard work, the students were treated to a pizza party, courtesy of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Domino’s Pizza.