Wedgeworth students raised over $1,096.14 through the philanthropic Penny Wars challenge. For two weeks leading up to the holidays, students brought pennies to school to see which grade-level could accumulate the most.
“We are excited about how well our students did in such a short amount of time,” said Wedgeworth principal Tim Day.
The fourth-grade team won the challenge by raising $269.12. Not only did the grade level earn bragging rights, but also the honor to decide which nonprofit would receive the funds.
Fourth-grade student Ely Maddox said, "It was hard and took a bunch of work."
Maddox’s classmate Jonie Hoover said she searched through her Disney bottle for pennies.
Once the fourth-grade team received the news they won, the students decided it was important for the funds to benefit the Ellis County Children’s Advocacy Center. The Waxahachie-based nonprofit provides forensic interviews for children who have potentially been a victim of child abuse or sexual assault, are a witness of abuse, or who have been involved with a violent crime or child death.
When asked why the ECCAC was an important organization to give to, Sorrenity Wheeler explained, "So we could help them have a good Christmas."
Tristan Hernandez said, "For people to have a Christmas and for those in need."
The Wedgeworth PTO will deliver the check that will include an additional $500 donation from its own organization.
PENNY WARS BY GRADE LEVEL
1st Grade —$114.61
2nd Grade —$180.30
3rd Grade —$212.43
4th Grade —$269.12
5th Grade —$115.22