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Reinbeck elementary school: Penny wars

February 10, 2013
Shelby Yates - G-R student , Reinbeck Courier

It's always nice to catch up with what's happening at Gladbrook-Reinbeck High School, but it's news to share what other G-R Schools are up to! Recently, the Reinbeck Elementary School hosted a Penny Wars fundraiser to collect money for the victims and recovery efforts after Hurricane Sandy.

"The elementary Student Council usually does a fundraiser around Christmas time," reports Jayne Love, title reading teacher. "We were tired of bake sales, so Paige Creswell came up with the idea of Penny Wars." The Student

Council took charge, and the group included; 2nd graders Nick Tscherter and Luke Riffey, 3rd graders Sylvana Ellenberger and Ethan Gienger, and 4th graders Paige Creswell and Maia McLean.

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Each class was given a treasure chest and was asked to put pennies and one dollar bills in their class's treasure chest as positive money. However, there was a twist! Any silver coins would count against the pennies and were negative.

Students from other grades could put silver coins in another class's chest to make their positive money amount go down. The kids had a blast running back and forth between rooms to sabotage each other's treasure chests!

The fundraiser lasted five days, with Mrs. Bailey's 4th grade class coming out victorious! The Reinbeck Elementary school sent a check for $400.00 to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy Relief effort. It's a wonderful thing for kids to learn at a young age that they can make a difference, and putting other people first is important! Plus, a little healthy competition can always be fun! Job well done, Reinbeck Elementary School!



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