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Fowler Students Collect for Good Cause (April, 2008)

Students at Fowler Middle School helped save lives by participating in the Pasta for Pennies campaign benefiting The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  For three weeks, students brought in spare change to save the lives of people touched by blood cancers, such as leukemia, which strikes more children and young adults under the age of 20 than any other type of cancer.

In 2006-2007, over $16 million was raised by schools throughout the country which participated in School and Youth Programs like Pennies for Patients.  A record-breaking 650 schools in the North Texas area participated last year raising over $570,000.  This year, the North Texas Chapter hopes to exceed that goal with the help of Fowler Middle School, and many others collecting change for this service learning program endorsed by the Texas Association of Student Councils (TASC).  Funds raised through these schools support the Society’s mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.  This year, the goal is set at $600,000 and Fowler Middle School is helping the North Texas Chapter reach that goal.

To reward the students, the highest fundraising classroom in the school received a pasta party courtesy of the Society.  Mrs. Brown’s and Mrs. Emrick’s classes enjoyed their party as their class raised a total of over $1300.  The entire school campaigned and rose over $5400 towards research and financial support for families in the North Texas area.

“The ‘Pennies for Patients’drive provided a great opportunity for the Fowler student body to takean active role inimpacting children who suffer from this cruel disease,” stated Donnie Wiseman, principal of Fowler Middle School. “I commend our students for their enthusiasm in reaching out to the community.”