HALLSVILLE – A Hallsville ISD elementary school raised over $ 5,000 this year to contribute to the district’s Angel Tree Fund, which provides Christmas gifts to families in need.
Each November, Hallsville Middle School raises funds throughout a two-week period known as the “Penny Wars” to donate to the Angel Tree Foundation, which provides Christmas presents to children. local children in need.
The friendly competition sees jugs for teachers placed in front of the school’s front office during the two-week period. The teachers who collect the most points with pennies win.
“Here’s how the game works: Each family of teachers has their own plastic jug outside the front office. Students earn points for the class by adding pennies to their jug. Students can reduce their opponents ‘points by adding money to their opponents’ pot, ”said Victoria Downs, Hallsville Middle School Trustee. “Points are counted every day and announced by intercom. The next morning, the students are ready to sabotage whoever wins and add more to their own jug. “
In addition to knowing that they have beaten the other classes in the game, the winning team at each grade level wins a pizza.
“We also set a goal of raising $ 3,000 on campus, and if we hit that goal, students would be able to face our principal, Aaron Hoecherl, and our campus manager, Justin Clark,” Downs said.
The students raised so much, over $ 5,300, which brought Hoecherl and Clark to their faces full of pies this year.
“This contest is such a fun way to raise money for a great cause while incorporating math,” Downs said. “The Penny Wars has always been a huge success, but this year we were shocked at how well it turned out. “
Downs and other staff recently presented the check for $ 5,327 to Hallsville ISD Special Programs Director Amy Whittle.
“We sent emails thanking the parents for letting their kids loot their couch cushions and cup holders, but the parents were calling the school and letting us know their kids were using their own allowance for this fundraiser. of funds, ”Downs said. “I hope our students know how much impact they have had on children’s lives and how many children will actually be able to enjoy Christmas this year because of them.
To celebrate the donations above and beyond, the winning classes received their pizza and the whole school received popsicles and extra recess, making it a win-win for everyone this season. holidays.