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Rossman Honored for Top LLS Fundraiser

By: Communications Manager Sarah Meyer

November 15, 2016

Rossman School was recently honored at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - Gateway Chapter’s Light the Night event. The annual event celebrates the strides that have been made in the fight against blood cancer and culminates with a walk to raise awareness for blood cancers and funds for research. Rossman was recognized as a top school for “Student Series” at the event, having made the second largest donation of St. Louis area schools last year.

Last spring, Rossman’s 2015-2016 Student Council representatives coordinated a series of successful fundraisers to support LLS. The student leaders originally set a goal to raise $500, but together with the Rossman community raised a total of $5,712.95.

For the first LLS fundraiser, Pennies for Patients, each Rossman student received a small box to collect spare change. These were emptied into a larger class box, and eventually the class collections were combined. The grand total came to $2,400. “The hard part of the campaign was counting the large amount of money students donated, especially the pennies,” said sixth grade Student Council representative Jack G.

Next, Student Council hosted a walkathon. One day during P.E. class, Upper School students walked for 30 minutes and Lower School students for 20. Many community members sponsored a child’s laps, and the event raised $2,832.

A Pajama Day fundraiser raised $250 after Student Council collected $1 from students, faculty and staff who chose to participate. “The P.J. day was a simple yet effective fundraiser,” said fourth grade Student Council representative Mason B. “Everybody loves P.J.s or comfy clothes, and that is why we chose it.” 

A “Cookies for a Cure” bake sale raised yet another $200. “It appeared that a high percentage of people enjoyed the treats,” said sixth grade Student Council representative Bella S. “It was another success!”

The entire Rossman community was proud to partner with the LLS Gateway Chapter in the effort to find a cure for leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Last year’s Student Council also hosted a coat drive to support Warner’s Winter Warm Up and led the collection of pop tops to support the Ronald McDonald House. This year’s Student Council will be leading projects benefitting Wish for Kids and Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital.

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