Burbank High School is in the running for the second year in a row as top high school in the Pennies for Patients campaign, a national fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Schools in the district hold fundraisers for the society's Los Angeles chapter. In 2013, Burbank High earned the most money of all high schools in Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. Students will find out if they won again in May.
Over three weeks during the school year, all classrooms are encouraged to raise funds for the project, said Wendy Miller, senior English teacher, activities director and Associated Student Body adviser at Burbank High. She is also a 1992 graduate of the school.
She brought the program to Burbank High when she started teaching there in 2000 and, over 14 years, the school has raised more than $77,000.
This year, Burbank High raised more than $6,700. The room that raised the most money — $1,342.71 — was Trevor Marca's freshman English honors class with only 23 students. For their efforts, they earned a lunch catered by Olive Garden.