First published in the April 9 print issue of the Glendale News Press.
In less than three weeks, Balboa Elementary School students raised $11,762 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, exceeding their goal of $10,000 and ranking nationally as No. 7 of 450 fundraising teams.
The LLS is the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding research, finding cures and ensuring access to treatments for blood cancer patients. Throughout this fundraiser, Balboa students learned about the importance of giving back to their community as well as the science behind cancer research through a unique STEM curriculum.
The students held a ceremony on Monday to present a check to the LLS. Glendale Unified Superintendent Vivian Ekchian was in attendance.
“It was a privilege to be invited to Balboa’s assembly to thank the students, teachers, parents and administrators of this incredible elementary school. The Balboa community is committed to finding cancer cures and they are now part of our hero squad,” said Shannon Sullivan, executive director of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s California Southland Chapter.
Over the past three years, Balboa students have raised more than $24,000 in their fundraising efforts.
“We will continue to contribute to this important cause and make a difference as a school and as a community to teach our students the importance of kindness and giving, and ultimately to save lives,” said Balboa Principal Sona Arakelyan.