PORT WASHINGTON -- Students at Port Washington Elementary School collected Pennies for Patients to benefit The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society during the month of March. After three weeks of students bringing their spare change to school, the total was $840.27. They would like to say a special thanks to First Federal Bank for counting all the coins.

The top fundraising class was the third grade. They raised $255.75 and won a popcorn and movie party.

"I am so proud of our students," said Mrs. Sallie Stroup, school principal at Port Washington. "They did a great job of giving selflessly and they really understood the mission of the society and what the money is used for."

Leukemia is the leading cause of disease-related death among children.

An estimated 894,543 Americans have blood cancers, and every five minutes, someone new is diagnosed.

Since 1992, millions of dollars have been raised in pennies and other spare change by more than 21 million elementary, middle and high school students nationwide.

Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families."

"These students serve as an example to all of us through their commitment to helping others," said Kathy Chipps, campaign director for the Central Ohio Chapter. "Their efforts will help local patients and their families along with funding blood cancer research at The James Cancer Hospital."

For information regarding local programs and services of the Central Ohio Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, visit www.lls.org/coh.