East Elementary students wage ‘Penny Wars,’ raising money for Kony Coins for Kids

ST. GEORGE — Students at East Elementary in St. George waged “Penny Wars” all last week and raised more than $2,150 for the benefit of needy children throughout Washington County to be distributed through KONY’s Coins for Kids.

East Elementary students playing Penny Wars to raise money for KONY's Coins for Kids, Dec. 4, 2015, St. George, Utah| Photo by Sheldon Demke, St. George News
East Elementary students playing Penny Wars to raise money for Kony Coins for Kids, St. George, Utah, Dec. 4, 2015 | Photo by Sheldon Demke, St. George News

For five consecutive days beginning Nov. 30, the students at East Elementary in St. George began their days waging wars — penny wars, that is. These fundraising titans collected just over $2,150, with almost $1,000 coming in Friday morning alone, PTA President Steve Burgess said.

Penny Wars” is a fundraising game where two teams compete against each other to get as many points as possible during the “war.” Each penny is worth a point, Burgess said, but all other denominations of coins and bills put in a competitor’s bin count as points against the pennies, creating lots of action between the teams. The money raised during the penny war is donated to a local charity.

“Monday we started ‘Penny Wars’ and it was a little overwhelming,” Burgess said. “We had a much higher turnout than expected.”

At the end of the competition, the money the students raised was donated to Kony Coins for Kids, a nonprofit charity that has provided Christmas toys and clothing for needy children in Washington County for more than 25 years.

“It’s just been a lot of fun; today is our last day, right up to the bell,” East Elementary Assistant Principle Blair Albrecht said Friday. “It’s neat to see the kids get involved.”

East Elementary students playing Penny Wars to raise money for KONY's Coins for Kids, Dec. 4, 2015, St. George, Utah| Photo by Sheldon Demke, St. George News
Pennies for points at East Elementary’s Penny Wars to raise money for Kony Coins for Kids, St. George, Utah, Dec. 4, 2015 | Photo by Sheldon Demke, St. George News

“The winning class gets to have a class party,” Volunteer Brittney Taylor said. “It’s been really nice to see them get so excited to help families in the St. George area.”

St. George News media reporter Sheldon Demke contributed to this report.

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