Lincoln Elementary School recently held a two-week Penny Wars fundraiser to benefit The Salvation Army's Red Kettle campaign.
The students raised $498.19, with the PTA matching that amount. An anonymous local business also donated $250 to deliver a grand total of $1,250.
"I think it is so inspiring for young people to learn to give back and reach out to their local community to help out," said Major Doug Hart from the Salvation Army. "This donation comes at a fantastic time. Our campaign was $3,000 behind and this donation will go a long way to help us meet our goal. We are so thankful for the donation."
Pictured, from left, are Katja French, Abbey Maloney, Alaina Wright, Kyle Christensen, Peter Barry, Ryker Mowell, Katie Weise, Olivia Graham, Sven Anderson and Major Doug Hart of the Salvation Army.
The third and fourth grade classes voted on which local charity would receive the donation. Each class collected change with the fourth grade class raising the largest donation When students brought in change, they placed their name on the giving trees displayed in the cafeteria.
"It is important to do this because it says you are a helper and want to help someone in the community," said Katja French, Lincoln Elementary School student. "It's also important because it's holiday time and maybe we can help someone who doesn't have a lot."
Student Ryker Mowell said he will also have his entire allowance donated to the Penny Wars.