Penny Wars Raise Money for CRS Rice Bowl Program
St. Raymond’s annual Penny Wars fundraiser was held last week. This year all money raised through this schoolwide competition was donated to Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl, a Catholic charity that lifts families from poverty and supports poor farmers, refugees, and vulnerable children and communities. The Penny War is a fun tradition that helps get students involved in experiencing service through donation, while raising thousands of dollars for a good cause chosen by the student council of St. Raymond.
Children from each grade were invited to bring pennies to school and pool them together into a common collection box found in each classroom. Students could “sabotage” other grades by adding silver coins to different grade’s collection boxes. The total worth of the silver coins in a certain grade’s collection box would be subtracted from the number of pennies they had already raised, “lessening” the amount in the box. The grade that raised the largest amount of un-sabotaged pennies won, with secondary prizes given out to the class who raised the most money. This year, first grade won, with a total of $983.91 un-sabotaged pennies. Fifth grade, raised the most money of any grade. With schoolwide involvement, St. Raymond was able to raise over $3,700 that will be donated to the CRS Rice Bowl.