Linden School Holds Pasta For Pennies Drive

LINDEN — During the month of February, the 21st Century Community Learning Center in Linden has coordinated a Pasta for Pennies Drive to help support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of New Jersey.

The Pasta for Pennies Campaign is a service and philanthropy program that gives students a unique experience making a difference through teamwork—working together to aid thousands of children and adults in the fight for blood cancers like leukemia. This is the sixth year that this event has been planned at Joseph E. Soehl Middle School. Over a three-week period, change is collected from staff, students and families. Buckets were placed in each homeroom class and students were asked to donate loose change for this good cause. Volunteer program students visited the homeroom classes to discuss these diseases and to inform the classes of this organization.


The entire school donated over $750 in support of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The winning homeroom class was a seventh grade room led by Mrs. Urbanczyk. These students were awarded a catered Olive Garden luncheon during the school day as recognition for their generosity.

Front row: Soehl Middle School students Jonathan Berrios, Yasmin Sanchez, Sahil Gill, Patryk Zakrewski, Paulina Ramirez, Brian Orellana, Josiah King, Jese Roche, Karolina Belz, Mykal Grant, Eshther Ramos, Miss Nicole Campo ( student teacher) Back row: Mrs. Christine Urbanczyk ( Soehl teacher) Brandon Peters, Marcus McClary

Mykal Grant is enjoying his pasta lunch which was hosted by Olive Garden. Olive Garden’s Pasta for Pennies is a national fundraising program in partnership with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Pasta for Pennies supports the fight against blood-related cancers, helps fund important life-saving initiatives and provides critical services to patients and their families.

Paulina Ramirez and Yasmin Sanchez eat their healthy salads at the Soehl Pasta for Pennies luncheon.

Photos by Christine Hudak, Linden Public Schools

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