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Elbridge Gale Elementary School won a pasta party at Olive Garden for its successful fundraising drive.

WELLINGTON’S ELBRIDGE GALE CLAIMS

TOP FUNDRAISING HONORS

FROM LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY By Robin Hansel

For years, Palm Beach County teachers, staff, students and families have supported the various campaigns of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to fighting blood cancers. This past year, one Wellington elementary school claimed top fundraising honors in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast. The LLS mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Funds raised by LLS support lifesaving blood cancer research around the world while also providing free information and support services locally to patients and their families. Wellington’s Elbridge Gale Elementary School took the prize for top fundraising school in the region, raising $14,283. The A-rated school located on Royal Fern Drive has an enrollment of 1,070 and has long been deeply involved in the LLS mission. Drew Dawson, a current fourth-grade student at

the school, is a leukemia survivor and served as the school’s 2018-19 Honored Hero. He is one of several Elbridge Gale students affected by leukemia in recent years. Funds raised by more than 29,000 schools nationwide assist LLS in serving patients, as well as funding innovative research worldwide to find cures. In 2019, the LLS Palm Beach-Treasure Coast Chapter had 155 schools participating in the Pennies for Patients Student Series program, with 106 of those schools in Palm Beach County alone. The 155 schools collectively raised more than $235,000 to support the LLS mission.

Superintendent Dr. Donald E. Fennoy has been a huge supporter of the campaign.

Palm Beach County schools received thousands of dollars in Amazon gift certificates and engaged more than 70,000 students in hands-on, experiential activities in the 2018-19 school year. LLS would not have seen success like this without the support of Superintendent Dr. Donald E. Fennoy, who has been a huge advocate for LLS and has promoted the importance of comwellington the magazine | august 2019

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ON THE COVER Participation from local youth helped Wellington take first place in the 2019 Let’s Move challenge sponsored by the Palm Healt...

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ON THE COVER Participation from local youth helped Wellington take first place in the 2019 Let’s Move challenge sponsored by the Palm Healt...