Valley Road School Among Top NJ “Pasta For Pennies” Fundraisers

image001CRANFORD – Students throughout New Jersey have collected $320,500 through Pasta for Pennies, presented by Olive Garden and benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Valley Road School in Clark was one of the top fundraisers, collecting more than $10,000.

In New Jersey, more than 100,000 students at 186 elementary, middle and high schools in 12 counties filled collection jars and boxes in their classrooms with spare change over a three-week period during the school year. The top fundraising class at each participating school received a pasta party from their local Olive Garden restaurant.

Thanks to the efforts of students nationwide, $10.7 million was raised through Pasta for Pennies this year, bringing the total raised since 1994 to more than $70 million.

Spare change raised through Pasta for Pennies helps fund blood cancer research and provides much needed services and support to leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma patients and their families.

“We congratulate all of the students who put forth such an amazing effort in support of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society,” said John Caron, president of Olive Garden. “Through Pasta for Pennies they have come to understand that even the smallest donation can have a significant impact on their local community. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is moving closer to a cure because of their efforts.”

The top fundraising schools in New Jersey include:

  • Woodrow Wilson Middle School in Clifton with $15,518.76 collected;
  • Charles DeWolf Middle School in Old Tappan with $15,000; and
  • Valley Road School in Clark with $10,584.29.

“Pasta for Pennies continues to provide so many teachable moments for these students,” said Jessica Orr, campaign director of the LLS New Jersey Chapter. “Teachers do an amazing job incorporating Pasta for Pennies into their math and science curriculum. In addition, kids learn about how important it is to give back to the local community. We thank those teachers, students, parents and Olive Garden for making Pasta for Pennies so successful. Our patients and their families truly appreciate it.”

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life for patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services. Founded in 1949 and headquartered in White Plains, N.Y., LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit

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