Rancier's Successful Fundraiser

Rancier MS NJHS fundraiser
By: Todd Martin
A leadership group at Rancier Middle School celebrated a successful first attempt at raising funds to help the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
National Junior Honor Society members and top fundraising classes at the school met for lunch, thanks to the Olive Garden restaurant, which helps support the Pennies for Pasta program that supports the LLS.
School Librarian Joy Starks said she was proud of her students, who dived into the fundraising effort during the first year of the honor society’s existence at Rancier.
They used free dress days, sold pickles, sold posters donated from the library and other methods to raise $1,080 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
“I thought it was great we raised that much money,” said eighth-grader Kendall Gross, president of the honor society this year.
She said students were motivated to help people struggling with serious illness and unable to pay treatment costs and also to support research to find a cure. “That was a lot for us to raise for our first time.”
Honor society students made announcements at the school and made and hung posters urging peers to give to the effort during the month of February. They also collected change from classrooms.
“It’s been fun watching them work together,” said Starks, who was advisor for the group.
The students also made cards for care center residents and plan to read at an elementary school before the end of the school year.