Key Club’s Pasta for Pennies fundraiser aids the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

McKenna Johnson, Staff Writer – The Lecanto High School [LHS] branch of Key Club, an active community-service organization, is holding a fundraiser called Pasta for Pennies from April 4 to April 28 that aims to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s goal is to raise money for blood cancer research and rehabilitation for its patients.

Teachers at LHS were given boxes that their third block, A-day students could drop spare change into to support the cause. The class that earns the most money is provided a pasta party from Olive Garden and a happy heart with the knowledge that they are making a difference.

Last year winner of the Pasta for Pennies pasta party holds her donation box (Photo: Johnson).

Last year’s winner of the Pasta for Pennies pasta party, Jessica Price, holds her donation box (Photo: Johnson).

Spanish teacher and Key Club Faculty Adviser, Katherine Reynolds, discussed how donating is rooted deeper than just dropping some change into a box.

“In Key Club we have something called the heart to serve, so hopefully it’s about making an impact and changing people’s lives for the better,” said Reynolds.

Reynolds is looking forward to her class contributing.

“I want Mrs. Price to go down; she’s won every year, and I hope it’s a good healthy competition,” said Reynolds of her co-worker and fellow Spanish teacher, Jessica Price.

Junior and president of Key Club, Mykenzie King, has been taking initiative and spreading the word about the purpose of Pasta for Pennies.

“I have been going around trying to get people excited about it [and] shaking teachers’ boxes trying to get them to think about their money,” said King.

Freshman and Key Club editor Jacob Isaacs thought up a good course of action for how he can aid the mission.

“I plan to help by donating money myself, advertising it as much as possible, getting the word out, and trying to get everybody to support it,” said Isaacs.

Students felt that the pasta party was a great idea to get people excited to donate.

“I think the prize helps others get motivated, because who doesn’t like food?” said freshman and Key Club member James York.

Freshman Key Club member Haney Liu kept her focus on the goal.

“Cancer is a bad thing, and I don’t want it in the world,” said Liu.