By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer
Portales Junior High School students are racking up a big chunk of change for Thanksgiving dinners from the Dream Center.
The seventh- and eighth-grade classes are competing against each other a Penny Wars fund-raiser.
Student Council members, who are leading the effort, plan to count the collected money this weekend, after two weeks collecting. The winning class can expect to receive a prize.
“I think it’s good that we’re helping give back to the community,” said Student Council Vice President Coby Carter, an eighth-grader.
The students have been keeping track of how much they’ve raised by weighing the jugs that collect the coins and bills. Early Wednesday afternoon, school offiicials said the seventh-graders had 104 pounds of money, and the eighth-graders had 85 pounds.
“We know they would do well, but this is just mind blowing,” said Student Council sponsor Sara Bulls.
In the Penny Wars, each class has a five-gallon water jug sitting near the office to collect money. Students can earn points for their grade by placing pennies in their jug, or take points from the other class by putting silver coins or bills in that grade’s container.
“I think it’s a great way to raise money for people,” Student Council President and eighth-grader Hannah Cissell said.
Penny Wars began at Bulls’ suggestion.
“I wanted the Student Council to be more active in the community, and this is a really great way to do that,” she said.
Bulls said she thought Penny Wars would be a fun way to raise money because it seemed more like a competition than a donation.
The Student Council has been involved in other community activities this year as well.