Rocky Fork Enterprise

Gahanna students' pennies add up

Students at Gahanna Middle School South collected spare change as part of Pennies for Patients to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society during March.

After a week of Sprit Days, Penny Ways and a Teacher Dress Down Day, the change totaled $2,175.

The top fundraising classrooms were Caitlin Sendelbach's seventh-grade class and Cale Garber's eighth-grade class.

The coins were counted and tracked by Rebecca Leffler's seventh-grade class.

Leukemia is the leading cause of disease-related death among children. An estimated 894,543 Americans have blood cancers, and every five minutes, someone new is diagnosed. Since 1992, millions of dollars have been raised in pennies and other spare change by more than 21 million schools nationwide.

For information, call 800-686-CURE or visit