Mar 7, 2014 12:34 PM
Breaux Bridge Primary is hosting it's annual "Pennies for Patients" fundraiser to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Julie Capdeville, guest speaker and representative for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, will join us to teach the students about the program and will motivate them to join the battle against cancer. The kickoff assembly will be held this afternoon, Friday, March 7th, in Breaux Bridge Primary's gym located at 1020 East Bridge Street. The program will begin at 1:30 p.m. for first, second, and third graders. The program for Pre-K and Kindergarten classes will begin at 2:00 p.m.
The Pennies for Patients Program is part of Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's (LLS's) School and Youth Program designed to help teachers implement service learning and character education in their curriculum for a great cause. Each student is given a coin box to dispense their spare change in for two to three weeks in either the month of October, February, or March. The students then give their teachers the change to put in a collective fund to be turned into LLS. Students can see their efforts making a difference by being connected with patients battling blood cancer.
Teacher, Misty Castille, and fellow co-workers at Breaux Bridge Primary decided to begin the Pennies for Patients Program in honor of principal Pennye Huval's mother, Patsy Martin, who has undergone numerous treatments for stage four acute leukemia in 2009. Mrs. Martin is currently in remission.
LLS is the largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. An estimated 912, 938 people in the U.S. have blood cancer or are in remission. Since LLS's founding in 1949, it has invested more than $600 million in leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, and myelodysplastic syndromes research.