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Lundahl Middle School in Crystal Lake raises money to fight cancer

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In the front row, from left, are Madison Ross, Meg Norten, Ellie Gorak, Josh Ross, Nate Karbowski, Kiara Hein, Brooklyn Paruolo, Ashlynn Henry and Greyson Johnstone. In the middle row are Amy Perez, Christina Lin, Skye McCord, Ella Cox, Isabella Farrington, Will Hough and David Welte-Hart. In the third row are Matt Gross, Iona Dillon, Jenny King, Kelly Raines, Annie Guss, Emily Gray and Zain Bhatti.
Photo provided In the front row, from left, are Madison Ross, Meg Norten, Ellie Gorak, Josh Ross, Nate Karbowski, Kiara Hein, Brooklyn Paruolo, Ashlynn Henry and Greyson Johnstone. In the middle row are Amy Perez, Christina Lin, Skye McCord, Ella Cox, Isabella Farrington, Will Hough and David Welte-Hart. In the third row are Matt Gross, Iona Dillon, Jenny King, Kelly Raines, Annie Guss, Emily Gray and Zain Bhatti.

CRYSTAL LAKE – The Lundahl Middle School community is helping to fight cancer by raising $8,327 for the Pasta for Pennies campaign benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Since 2012, the school has collected more than $50,000 and has been named one of the organization’s top fundraising schools in the state, according to a news release from the Crystal Lake Elementary School District 47.

“It is through the efforts of students, parents and the teaching community at schools like Lundahl Middle School that we continue to increase the number of kids who not only survive a diagnosis of cancer, but who are able to lead happy and productive lives,” said Pam Swenk, the organization’s executive director. “Each and every person who has been involved with the Lundahl Middle School Pasta for Pennies campaign can take credit for helping cure cancer. We are humbled and honored to have this amazing group of people supporting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.”

For the past six years, the Lundahl student council has spearheaded the fundraiser, where they host events such as selling candy grams, an all-school skate night and a dodgeball tournament.

In addition, individual classrooms engage in “change wars,” where students in each homeroom class donate spare change to LLS for a chance to win a catered lunch.

Besides fundraising for the LLS, the Lundahl student council collects donations for the Crystal Lake Food Pantry and families in need, sends Halloween candy overseas to those serving in the U.S. military, donates to local charities and has helped buy Lego sets for a children’s hospital.

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