12-08-16 ECE Penny WarThe season of giving is upon us, and with it comes the penny drive run by Nancy Reitzel’s Early Childhood Education students. But this isn’t any regular old penny drive—this is a penny war dedicated to a good cause. For the past two years, students in Mrs. Reitzel’s class have taken up their post at the front doors as students enter the building and enticed their peers to donate to their charity of choice.

“We stand in the hall and hold a poster for others to see as they walk in and hold out buckets to collect change,” said Ava from West Perry, “A lot of students will stop and ask what the donations are for; some will donate right away, and some will come back later.”

This year, proceeds from the penny war will go towards purchasing new pajamas for children in need as part of Scholastic Reading Club’s “Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive”, which matches one book to one pair of pajamas donated and gives them to children living in group homes, shelters, foster care, and orphanages.

Since the Pajama Program’s inception in 2009, over 400,000 pairs of new pajamas were donated alongside over 700,000 new books.

And, of course, it wouldn’t be a penny war without a little competition! Every year, other programs throughout CPAVTS participate in collecting donations; the program who earns the most money is treated to an ice cream party at the end!

“I think our biggest competition is Diesel, since they won so decisively last year!” Said Kamille, a Big Spring student. “But it’s all in good fun, and everything goes to a great cause!”

Last year, the students raised enough money to purchase 36 pairs of pajamas; this year, they hope to achieve even more!