Penny challenge raises funds for Holy Childhood

Kindergarten students hold coins donated to make sure eighth-graders won’t win the penny challenge this year.

See a penny, pick it up and give it to the Holy Childhood Association!

One of the favorite activities at St. Joseph School is the penny challenge.

The penny challenge was started by Lola Blaser, math and religion teacher for sixth, seventh and eighth-grade students. For Catholic Schools Week, each classroom has two milk jugs – one for pennies and one for silver coins – no greenbacks allowed! 

Students bring in pennies for their jugs and silver coins to sabotage other classrooms.  The silver coins count negatively against the pennies. Each day jugs are taken to the DeWitt Bank and Trust for the official count, which is announced at the end of the day. This year, students raised $1,236.15 to be given to Holy Childhood, and sixth grade won with a total of $10.15.


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