As part of its annual service-learning project, seventh graders participated in the annual Pennies for Patients drive to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Students began learned about blood diseases in health classes and were visited by guest speaker Ed Andersen, who has been a volunteer with the Long Island Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), is on the Pennies for Patients Committee and is a blood cancer survivor.
Students also incorporated their math skills to determine how many pennies could fit into a box, as well as measure exponential growth. At the conclusion of the three weeks, the students calculated the totals and averages for each class in their grade, graphed their data, and donated $671 to LLS. Pennies for Patients programs help LLS invest in cures for children fighting blood cancer and offer financial and emotional support to the families of the one million blood cancer patients living with or in remission from blood cancers.