Story by Laura Santos, Photo by Maria Eduarda Silva

As a single coin hits the bottom of a cardboard box, it can change a single life.

This year every 3A class has a Pasta for Pennies box in hopes to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

“Pasta for Pennies is a fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, which is to help fight against those blood cancers and raise money for awareness,” advisor of the Junior Civitans Erin Fuseler said.

According to sophomore, Jalin Hyatt, his teacher got down on her knees and begged the students to bring in money, while junior Kraynton Odom’s teacher would keep talking about Pasta for Pennies and what is for. For freshman, Colby Phillips, his teacher told the class to put money in the box.

Pasta for Pennies is a part of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Student Series campaign, which is a nationwide fundraiser to raise money for the cancer research and patients. The campaign hopes to save lives of people who have blood cancer one day.

“[Civitans] create the boxes and [hand the boxes out to teachers to] donate change into them,” senior Laura Shuler said, “Each [3A] class [has a] competition to raise money.”

The class that donates the most money wins a pizza party. The pizza will be delivered by the end of February.