By Cora Webb, News Editor

Beginning Tuesday, February 19 and ending March 19 Keenan held its annual Pasta for Pennies drive. The drive was led by the Student Council and has been held at Keenan the last five years.

Keenan has joined more than 20,000 schools nationwide collecting money hopes of finding a cure for certain blood cancers.

Each year, all Keenan teachers receive a classroom collection box for their First Block B Day class. Along with that, an incentive goes to the top fundraising class in order to encourage students to donate coins, although the donations are not limited to coins.

This year the incentive for the top fundraising class was a pasta party provided by Olive Garden, along with the recurring incentive of making the world a better place.

The top fundraising class this year was Mrs. Charnice Ray’s First Block B Day class, who collected $112.30, a large sum of money for the short period of one month.  Ray is a Business Education Teacher.

“Pasta for Pennies saves kids with leukemia,” Senior Joshua McCord, a member of Ray’s class, said.

All of the money collected goes toward the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, which will help people who are ill with blood cancers. Even so, the drive helps with more than developing cures for cancer.

“The Pasta for Pennies drive was a way for me to introduce cancerous cells to my class,” Mrs. Alexandria Williams, Science Teacher, who participated in the drive, said.

This year, the Keenan team raised $200 more than last year. The total amount came to $723.67, yet money was not the only thing that was given for the drive—awareness of cancer was raised among the school population.

“I pray for those with leukemia,” Sophomore Cedric James Wells said.

The Pasta for Pennies drive affected more than the people who the money will help in the future; it affected the people who were donating the money also by allowing them to come together for a worthy cause, which truly embodies the Keenan motto of “Together We Can, Together We Will.”