When Dennis Sullivan’s seventh-graders learned that they had won the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Pasta for Pennies contest at the school, they made a startling request.
The students asked that the Olive Garden lunch they had won for their classroom is donated to the Ronald McDonald House, a home-away-from home for families of children being treated at Cleveland-area hospitals. Lunch was delivered to those families on May 29.
“Many families on our team are currently personally affected by cancer,” said Sullivan, seventh-grade Social Studies teacher and middle school Athletic Director. “The most incredible act was to donate the motivational lunch back to the hospital. I am extremely proud of all the kids in my homeroom.”
The Pasta for Pennies program encourages students to collect spare change over a three-week period. Lee Burneson Middle School donated a collective $3,844.55 – the ninth highest amount raised out of 466 Northeast Ohio schools that participated in the fundraiser. Sullivan’s class collected $504.04.
“I can’t begin to express how incredibly grateful the parents and staff were to receive a wonderful meal,” said Kerri Peterson-Davis, campaign manager for school and youth programs at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society-Northern Ohio Chapter. “Please express to your students that not only are they making a difference in the lives of those fighting blood cancer, but also the lives of people who are currently spending hours in a hospitals as their children receive treatment.”