Schools Raise Nearly $70,000 for LLS School & Youth Programs

May 26, 2015

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Frazier Elementary School students (L-R) Belen Alejandro, Cynthia Juarez, Edward Ford and Deja Breitkreuz display a $4,135.34 check for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society donated through the Pasta for Pennies program.

May 23, 2015—CFISD schools gave nearly $70,000 to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS)’s School & Youth Programs in the 2014-2015 school year.

CFISD gave the third-highest total in the Texas Gulf Coast Region, behind only Houston ISD and Aldine ISD, according to the LLS’ June 2015 Penny Times. The district’s efforts were part of more than $28 million raised throughout the United States for the LLS, which supports research and patient services to those battling blood cancer.

CFISD schools participated in either the Pennies for Patients or Pasta for Pennies competitions, in which the top three fundraising classrooms received a free pasta party courtesy of Olive Garden.

Spillane Middle School was CFISD’s top-raising school, generating $14,281.46—the second-highest campus in Houston.Hamilton Middle School raised an additional $9,559.28, whileOwens Elementary School raised $6,267.08 in its first year and was named a Rookie of the Year.

LLS campaign manager Stephanie Humphrey stopped by Frazier Elementary School on May 22 to collect a check worth $4,135.34.

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Frazier teachers Tori Lee, left, and Tonya Haynes display their gold and silver pennants for raising more than $300 and $200, respectively, among their classes. 

“It’s very encouraging,” Humphrey said. “By looking at these numbers I know they are going to help a lot of patients and their families. A lot of the patients are young like these students are. It’s kids helping kids, and it makes me feel really good to know they have big hearts like that.”

Frazier Principal Gloria Vásquez said she was encouraged by the school’s efforts despite having an enrollment of 400 fewer students than 2013-2014, when the school eclipsed $6,000 in donations.

“For us to surpass the $4,000 mark with 400 fewer students speaks volumes about the type of community that Frazier is,” Vásquez said. “We’re obviously helping to change lives and families because of the selflessness and generous spirit that went into this. I’m touched.”

The following CFISD campuses contributed to the LLS School & Youth Programs in 2014-2015:

School

Funds raised

Copeland Elementary School

$1,330.83

Cypress Creek High School

$830.28

Cypress Falls High School

$748.48

Emmott Elementary School

$780.69

Francone Elementary School

$2,872.97

Frazier Elementary School

$4,135.34

Gleason Elementary School

$1,639.28

Goodson Middle School

$1,647.22

Hamilton Elementary School

$3,388.78

Hamilton Middle School

$9,559.28

Hemmenway Elementary School

$2,200.39

Hopper Middle School

$1,957.59

Horne Elementary School

$3,142.85

Lieder Elementary School

$2,668.89

Metcalf Elementary School

$2,133.33

Millsap Elementary School

$2,174.71

Owens Elementary School

$6,267.08

A. Robison Elementary School

$1,192.16

Smith Middle School

$2,496.88

Spillane Middle School

$14,281.46

Thornton Middle School

$160

Tipps Elementary School

$2,560.10

Walker Elementary School

$2,762

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