FHSO Benefits from Warren Penny Wars

Posted on 02/07/2019
FHSO Benefits from Warren Penny Wars

Warren Elementary combined friendly competition with a good cause recently when students participated in a penny war to raise funds for Francis Howell Special Olympics (FHSO). The event was coordinated by Warren’s Leader in Me team, a group of students that work with special needs students to increase their independence, communication, and social skills. With role models, games, and activities all students are provided with learning experiences. The Leader in Me group is split into three focus areas: service learning, planning activities, and working one on one with the students. Currently, Warren has just over 50 student leaders who work with 12 special needs students at the school.

“The service learning portion of this group researched different organizations that work with students with special needs, learning about how they are funded, what services they provided, and who in our community they serve. They decided as a group that they wanted to raise money for FHSO,” said Warren’s Behavior Support Specialist Lisa Freix.

Once the organization was chosen, a penny war was started to raise money. “A penny war is a competition between classes to see who earns the most points,” said Freix. “Pennies are worth positive points, while silver coins and bills are worth negative points. Students can strategically place silver coins and dollar bills into other classes’ donation jars in hopes of knocking them down, while adding as many pennies as possible to their own donation jars.”

While friendly competition was key, some students took the event very seriously. “One fourth grade student brought in a suitcase full of pennies. He had 11,000 pennies, which adds up to $110. He was really excited about helping his class win the pajama day, but unfortunately other classes sabotaged his class with silver coins and bills,” said Freix.

The total amount raised was $2,699.82. Fourth grade won additional recess time for raising the most money, but Mrs. Saso’s class earned the pajama day by finishing with the most points. Donations to FHSO supports events and athletes throughout the year. “For the athletes, it covers items such as uniforms, equipment, travel, and state fees,” said FHSO Director Eddie Mulholland. “Currently, we have over 70 athletes participating in Francis Howell Special Olympics, doing eight different sports.”

“The athletes really take a lot of pride in their competitions and enjoy having matching uniforms, good equipment, and the opportunity to compete in their own schools,” said Mulholland. Without these donations, a lot of that would not be possible.” Congratulations to the students and staff at Warren for such outstanding support of FHSO… it just makes cents!

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