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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Students at Wilmington's Mary C. Williams Elementary School celebrated the success of their "Pasta for Pennies" fundraiser.

For a week and a half, students scoured their homes, turning over couch cushions and ringing neighbors' doorbells looking for any spare change they could donate.

"I just want to help the kids all over the country with the blood cancer, because I bet their parents feel very sorry for them, and I just want to help them get better," student Michael Dunlap said.

"Pennies for Pasta" collected change to help make a change through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of North Carolina.

The biggest collector raised more than $300 himself. He says he is excited about how much he raised.

"I feel kind of good about it," Christian Haynes said. "It really made me feel good."

The winning class collected more than $400 and will get a pasta party from The Olive Garden.

The entire school raised grand total of $2,072.28. The money raised funds treatment and research for childhood blood cancers.

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