The hallways at Zemmer Middle School were alive with the sights and sounds of competitive fundraising on Friday, as the final student salvos were fired in the annual week-long “Penny Wars.” The purpose of the competition was to raise much-needed funds for local families in need.
Here’s how it works: Each iConnect classroom at Zemmer got a large jar to deposit money in. Pennies count to the good while silver and bills count against the classroom total. The object is to get the highest amount of money possible. In the end, the winning classrooms often have negative totals, depending upon how much “bombing” goes on. The bombing concept simple: It’s advantageous for students to donate silver and bills to other classrooms (as is shown in the video) to shoot down their total. The war, then, consists of building up your jar with pennies, while simultaneously destroying competing class totals with silver and bills.
The winning class will get a pizza party and bragging rights. The real winners, of course, are the families that benefit this Christmas. This year, ZMS is donating all proceeds to holiday needs for local families, including school families.
The students, all told, raised more than $4,000 in five days.
Great job kids!