Penny Wars Support Lucile Packard Children's Hospital
Last week's Penny Wars were a huge success as St. Raymond School raised over $5,500. Junior Kindergarten through 8th grade competed in a "friendly" competition to raise money for the Recreational Therapy Cheers Fund at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. This fund is used for special outings such as kayaking trips, spa days and concerts for children battling illnesses. The Fund enables children at various stages of treatment to meet, have fun and form friendships. Hospital social workers report that bonding through shared experience is an important, but sometimes overlooked therapy. St. Raymond students were enthusiastic and excited to do their part to help other children get through an extremely difficult time in their lives.
The object of the Penny Wars is for each grade to collect as many pennies as possible and bring them to school where each classroom had a Penny Wars container. Every penny is worth one point. However, students may sabotage another grade by putting silver coins or paper money into a classroom container. Each silver coin or paper bill subtracts that value from the class total. The results were kept a secret until the last day when the coins were counted. Congratulations to the 4th grade class for winning the Penny Wars and also to the 2nd grade class for raising the most money!