LEWISBURG — Tri-County North Middle School presented the American Red Cross with a check in the amount of $1,433 during a pep rally on Friday, Oct. 19.
The funds are a result of a Penny War, which pitted fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth grade against each other to raise the most money.
According to Middle School Student Council and Very Important Panther (V.I.P.) Advisor Debbie Pierson, in the past V.I.P had conducted a Penny War for charity. When the school divided into two buildings, there was no longer a middle school, so donations decreased.
This year, Tri-County North once again has a Middle School, which again includes the fifth grade students. The V.I.P students voted to return the Penny War in the spring.
In the fall, the students do community service supporting the fire department Fire Prevention Week donations, emergency squad blood drive baked good donations, reverse trick or treating at the local nursing homes, Cabbage Patch canned food drive, The Register-Herald’s Kids for Kids toy drive, and more.
The plan for the Penny War changed when Hurricane Florence hit.
“Mrs. Clift and I saw the immediate need for a Red Cross donation and initiated the Penny War now. Students in the middle school currently had never done a penny war and were very excited,” Pierson said. “With only 271 students in the middle school, the amount raised was incredible. Some students had parents collecting donations in their workplace too.”
Donated pennies and dollars count as positive points for each grade, while silver coins count against the grades. Every student had the opportunity to raise points for their grade, or points against another grade.
During that week, on Monday, eighth grade was in the lead with 649 positive points. On day two, eighth was still in the lead with 816 positive points. Sixth grade was sabotaged the most. On day three, fifth grade took the lead and the other three grades were heavily bombed with silver attacks. On Thursday, sixth grade took the lead with 12,666 positive points. On Friday, fifth grade took the lead with 2,177 positive points and sixth grade lost with 12,040 points in sabotage.
Overall the grand total raised was $1,433.
During the pep rally on Friday, the fifth grade class was presented with a Penny War trophy, donated by Trisha and Mike Shields. The trophy will be reused yearly.
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