Students Saving Lives With The Power Of The Penny

CLARK — Students at Valley Road School are collecting donations for Pennies for Patients to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society from March 28 until April 18. This is the fourth year that this school is participating in this fundraiser.

Last year, the Clark school raised $5,226.61, making it the sixth highest fundraising schools in the state and the only elementary school to make the list.


“Every year the school community pulls together and amazes me with the efforts that they put in to this fundraiser, and last year was the best year yet,” said Kristina Spirito, fifth grade teacher and fundraiser coordinator. “This year I am expecting Valley Road to do even better than the previous year.”

Valley Road School has assembled several fundraisers to reach their goal. Some of the activities are completed within the school and others involve the community as well. This year, Valley Road will be holding VRS Idol on April 14 at 6:30, having a Friday Fun Night for students, and several other activities to help raise money. Last year at the VRS Idol, over $1,000 was raised and Chris Nudo, now a third grader, won for singing Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing.”

On Monday, April 11, the Windsor Diner in Clark will donate 10 percent of its proceeds to support this great cause. The community has an opportunity to help these students by donating online at or by participating in the community events.

“These students serve as an example to all of us through their commitment to helping others,” said Jessica Orr, campaign manager for the New Jersey Chapter. “Their efforts will help local patients and their families along with funding blood cancer research.” Overall, nearly seventy-five cents of every dollar raised goes straight to the society programs, like lifesaving blood cancer research and patient programs.

Leukemia causes more deaths than any other cancer among children and young adults. An estimated 823,349 Americans are living with a blood cancer, and every five minutes, someone new is diagnosed. Since 1992, $3.9 million has been raised locally by thousands of elementary, middle, and high school students. For information regarding local programs and services of Northern New Jersey Chapter of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, call 1-908-956-6644 or visit

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