The Chapel Hills Olive Garden restaurant will cater lunch for more than 30 students, faculty and parents from Rampart High School on Wednesday, to celebrate the culmination of this year’s Pasta for Pennies program, presented by Olive Garden and benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Rampart High School raised more than $53,000 for society this year through Pasta for Pennies, a program in which students donate their spare change.
During a three-week period between January and May, students bring spare change to their classrooms. The money raised through student contributions supports leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma research and patient services.
The school has been involved with the program for many years and now is one of the top five fundraising schools in the nation.
Rampart students also donated $1,000 to a former student who was recently diagnosed with the disease.
Since 2004, Rampart High has raised more than $117,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through a program called Bald for Bucks, which is held near St. Patrick's Day and started in honor of a late teacher at the school.