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Pennies for Patients: Dunbar Hill Students Efforts Benefit Cancer Research

The elementary school students collected loose change for a month and raises more than $1,700 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Dunbar Hill School’s 4th grade class with their teacher Mrs. Castelot, at right, Principal Erin Bailey directly behind the students and parent coordinator Jennifer Ciarleglio. Contributed photo.
Dunbar Hill School’s 4th grade class with their teacher Mrs. Castelot, at right, Principal Erin Bailey directly behind the students and parent coordinator Jennifer Ciarleglio. Contributed photo.

Children have the power to make a positive impact on the lives of blood cancer patients! 

Dunbar Hill School in Hamden joined other schools across Connecticut in a program that is instrumental in raising funds for life-saving cancer research.  They took part in The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Pennies For Patients program from March 10th – April 4th.

During the four week period, students were asked to collect spare change.  Spare change could be hiding anywhere!  Under the couch cushions, in jacket pockets, scattered throughout the car.  The kids learned about service, leadership, and philanthropy.  Many LLSfunded advances are already helping not only blood cancer patients but people with other cancers.

The students at Dunbar Hill School were successful in raising $1752.98 in total!  Mrs. Castelot’s 4th grade class raised the most money –over $234- and earned themselves a pizza party!  

The students at the school had a chance to participate in several fun days during the fundraiser by donating $1 each time they participated – for Hat Day, Crazy Sock Day, Backwards Day and Twin Day.  The money collected from these days was added to the total collected by each class.


Principal Erin Bailey was instrumental in the success of the fundraiser with many great ideas and much support given to the parent coordinator, Jennifer Ciarleglio. It was a great collaborative effort by Principal Bailey, the teachers, students and coordinator. 

Mia Lilienthal, campaign assistant at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society spoke to the students at school-wide assembly on March 18th.  She explained about blood cancer and how the money the students were raising would help cancer patients and their families, and that each student has the power to make a difference.

The money raised goes to research at Yale and the many patient services provided to local families.  The students have helped to change and better the lives of patients struggling with these cancers in CT!

For more information about the Pennies For Patients program or to get your school involved go to www.schoolandyouth.org/ or call 203-379-0445.

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