The proceeds from the second-highest grossing Penny Wars competition at Jamestown High School will benefit one of the district's own.
Each year during the holiday season, the student population at JHS participates by class in Penny Wars, a healthy competition that constitutes one of the two major fundraisers throughout the school year - the other being the Battle of the Classes in the spring.
According to Tony Dolce, student government adviser, the competition has been a staple at JHS since the late 1990s and raises money for someone who has a direct connection with the school.
Students and teachers at Jamestown High School are covered in whipped cream and shaving cream during an assembly celebrating Penny Wars on Friday at the school.
P-J photo by Gavin Paterniti
"(Penny Wars) is a way, at the holiday season, to raise a little money," Dolce said. "Usually we pick a cause that impacts someone who is in the school or a family at JHS."
This year, the collaborative efforts of the students have resulted in the donation of $4,846.86 to the family of Ron Davis, an eighth-grade student at Persell Middle School who has been battling cancer. On hand to receive the check was Dan Sevenish, who has raised Ron for the past seven years as his stepfather.
"I think it's a wonderful thing that the students have done," said Sevenish, a 2000 graduate of JHS. "It's always wonderful to know that the kids look after their own. My son is going to be in high school here next year, so I'm glad that everybody's done everything they can to help out. I'm very greatly appreciative, and I find it wonderful that everybody is pulling together to help out."
Students participating in Penny Wars are encouraged to bring in pennies to put in their respective class box. Each penny counts as a positive point, while a silver coin or paper bill counts against the total in the box. The junior class was the undisputed winner of the contest, accounting for more than half of the check amount with $2,807.81. The senior class placed a distant second, with a total of $1,054.30.
Dolce, who also served this year as adviser to the freshman class, said the money raised during this year's competition represents the second largest amount that he can recall.
"It's a great amount," he said. "It never ceases to amaze me how the school rallies around a cause. Between Penny Wars and our annual Battle of the Classes, we raise thousands of dollars for local charities and people in our community. We're very proud of the staff and our kids."