Penny Wars raises thousands for Grand Island Northwest’s campaign | Local news from Grand Island
The funds collected and contributed by the students will be offset against this sum. The idea to use a Penny Wars format was Amanda Hodges of St. Libory PTO. Tosha Edwards helped coordinate the fundraiser. Hodges said they were surprised when the first week’s sums came in.
“Tosha and I have set a goal … it would be great if we could get $ 3,000. And then when we hit $ 3,000 that first week, yeah, okay, maybe $ 5,000. “
One-R director Steve Retzlaff said he was excited about how his students got through. “I am very proud of our children. It was fun this morning to hear how (the Penny Wars) raised $ 8,000 for this project. They destroyed that and I couldn’t be more proud of our kids at 1-R and across the county. “
Some students contributed their own money, with one student robbing his piggy bank until Retzlaff notified the student’s parents.
“We called mom and dad and said, listen, you need to know … they said, ‘No, it’s his money. He deserves it. We know he does and that’s what he wants to do. ‘”
Hodges said the students intensified the entire four weeks of the Penny Wars.
“Usually the kids get really excited for the first few weeks and then it kind of dies. Everyone was there for the whole month, like yesterday in St. Libory, where children brought rucksacks full of pennies. “