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Pennies parlayed into dollars to help the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Santa Maria High School ASB students raised $3,737.15 during their community service project “Pennies For Patients” for the LLS. The check will be mailed to the LLS this week.

More than 50 ASB students started the project March 2 and wrapped it up this week. They also took time to educate others while collecting coins and dollar bills from fellow students, staff, teachers, neighbors and friends.

They even arranged for the Olive Garden Restaurant to provide free lunch to the class that raised the most money. Ms. Christie Ortiz’s class won with $350.

Student Jerry Nevarez was “amazed” by the generosity of others.

“I was excited to lead this project because all of us are affected in one way or another as cancer affects us all,’’ Nevarez said. “To set a goal of $3,000 dollars and surpass the mark by $737. 15 was extremily exciting because we knew it was going to be a great cause.’’

Activity Director Adrian Salazar believes the students found the community outreach “engaging”.

“It’s important to educate and encourage student leaders to give back to their community and organizatiuons like the LLS,’’ Salazar said.

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