Mid City community photo gallery for Dec. 17, 2015 _lowres

Photo provided by Helen Butts -- St. James Episcopal Day School Outreach Committee leader and Christian education teacher deSha Carter, fifth-graders Mary Clayton Jumonville and Victoria Haynes and the Very Rev. Mark Holland, from left, display a check for donation to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

From Nov. 2-19, students at St. James Episcopal Day School raised $8,130 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through a schoolwide outreach project called Pennies for Patients.

At the beginning of the project, each student received a small donation box that was taken home for the week and returned to school each Friday to combine with the rest of their classmates’ collections. Jessica Saffell’s fourth-graders raised the most money and will receive a pizza party as a prize.

The initial goal was to raise $2,000 in three weeks, but the students surpassed that goal in just one week by more than $1,000, a news release said.

“The entire school was amazed that we surpassed our three-week goal so quickly. It is inspiring to see what these students can accomplish when they work together,” said deSha Carter, leader of the school’s Outreach Committee.