By Salena Webb, News Writer

Keenan students, faculty and staff came together this past February to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS).

The LLS is the largest voluntary health organization to dedicate their time to finding cures, research and getting access to treatments for blood cancer patients.

During February, homeroom classes donated, while competing with each other, for the cause.

“I donated because I wanted a pasta party, and I wanted to help the less fortunate because that’s just the right thing to do,” Senior Sir’Narria Scott said.

The winning homeroom class who donated the most money would be rewarded with a pasta party from Olive Garden and just the thought of helping and doing a good deed.

“I think that it was important for the school to come together because the unity of the school is a major key, so for everyone to do that, it just shows how openhearted the school is,” Senior Imani McQueen said.

When the total came in, the school all together gave $619.24, which will go towards immunotherapies, medicines, advancements and any other thing the LLS would need to help the cause.

“Everyone is affected in some way or another by different types of cancers; it’s important to be involved with this one because there are new discoveries every day,” Mrs. Elizabeth Yagatilee, social studies teacher said. “They are working very hard to find a way because not only does it affect adults, but it affects kids as well.”

Mr. Fredys Castro, Spanish teacher, and his class came in first place donating $141.41; they won the pasta party from Olive Garden.

In total the school gave 6,281 pennies, 282 nickels, 438 dimes, and 392 quarters, and it all went toward the LLS.