By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Panthers Gather In Pennies For Patients
Student Leadership officers Allison Tilbury, front, president, and Lucciano Dutra, vice president, get ready to deliver boxes of donuts to winning classes in El Portal Middle Schools Pennies for Patients drive. Both students are eighth graders. Marg Jackson/The Times

Like their high school counterparts did a short time ago, students at El Portal Middle School recently brought in pennies to help raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Classes competed against each other to see which could raise the most money, with pennies the primary coin sought. Other coins and paper money detracted from the ‘penny’ count and, though helpful in raising funds, did not figure in to a class collection total. Altogether, said El Portal officials, the fundraiser brought in over $1,200. Collection was done during third period and a total of seven third period classes brought in over $100 each. That entitled them to a ‘donut day’ with student leadership delivering boxes of donuts to the classes.

Classes collecting the most were: Mrs. Gligorea, $179.95; Ms. Maddox, $163.40; Mrs. Michaels, $151; Ms. Gentry, $147.59; Mrs. Crooker, $112; Mr. Ney, $110; Mrs. Belletto, $103.