D211 Post: Conant Student Council Donates to Lurie Children’s Hospital


Deanna Kerns (left) accepts the donation from Luke Logerquist and Allison Pariso.

           Members of the James B. Conant High School student council presented a check for $4,200 to Deanna Kerns, an associate director at Lurie Children’s Hospital, during the winter sports assembly at the school March 2.  The money was raised by changing the school’s winter dance into a fundraising event.

            Kerns said the donation will be used to provide meaningful cures.

            “This money will go towards our Precision Medicine Program,” she said.  “This will allow us to provide targeted medicine and treatment for our patients.” 

            Senior Student Council member Allison Pariso said this was the first year of using the winter dance as a fundraising event. 

            “With this being our first year pairing the winter formal with a charity fundraiser, I was very surprised by how much we raised,” Pariso said. 

            “It is very surprising,” added fellow student council member Luke Logerquist.  “In normal fundraisers, you don’t expect the first year to do so well.”

Deanna Kerns, an associate director for Lurie Children’s Hosptial, thanks the students of James B. Conant High School for their donation of $4200.

            Pariso said CHS chose to donate to Lurie Children’s Hospital due to multiple students battling various forms of juvenile cancer. 

            “This is a great way to give back, not only to the students, but the community as a whole,” she said. 

            “I am so amazed by all these students,” said Kerns of the donation.  “This donation is very meaningful to the hospital.  It, like every donation, will make a difference in the treatment of our patients.”