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Lopez makes historic donation to LLS

LLS CheckTruly inspired and motivated by their fellow student, Lopez Middle School took part in The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Pennies for Patients program this school year. The students made history in San Antonio raising $13,308.30 to help LLS advance its mission to find cures. This is the most any campus has ever raised for LLS in the South Central Texas region. The top-raising class presented the check to School & Youth Campaign Director Melissa Johnston and Campaign Manager Laura Mills at the campus on May 7. 

“Something that our kids are really amazing at, here at Lopez, is coming together and showing support for one of our own when they are suffering,” said Andrea Hopkins National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) sponsor. “They learn loyalty and compassion and caring for those important to themselves and others.”

At the beginning of the school year the NJHS chapter at Lopez traditionally chooses a charity or foundation to support throughout the year. This year, they picked LLS’s Pennies for Patients program in honor of a fellow classmate and NJHS member, Kaylee Carew, who was diagnosed with leukemia last summer.

Most of the money was collected in February as classes competed to raise the most money which would earn them a catered lunch at the local Olive Garden Italian Restaurant and second place would get a pizza party. Yolanda Kramer’s class came in first place raising a grand total of $1,278.12 with a close second place class raising $1,030.16.

Kaylee has finished her last chemotherapy treatment and will be starting school next fall at Reagan High School. She will be announced as The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Face of the Year next year, in recognition of her strength and courage during her battle with cancer.

Group shot at Lopez.

Melissa Johnston congratulates the students.Campaign Director Melissa Johnston congratulates NJHS and the top-raising class.

Top-raising class gets awards.Students that contributed the most in the top-raising class were awarded signed photos of College Football Hall of Famer and former quarterback of the 1971 State Championship Lee High School Volunteers, Tommy Kramer. The students' teacher happens to be Tommy's wife, Yolanda Kramer, and she was able to get her husband to personally sign trading cards, photos and footballs for the students.
Kids with awards.

Visit to Olive GardenAlong with getting a catered Olive Garden lunch, the winning class got the opportunity to tour the kitchens of Olive Garden and learn about the equipment used to make their food.



Posted on May 7, 2013