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Stimson Extreme Penny Wars -Everyone Wins!

Winning homeroom 311, takes over the TD bank. thumbnail14068
Winning homeroom 311, takes over the TD bank.
Students check the latest standings as the final day begins. thumbnail14069
Students check the latest standings as the final day begins.
Ms. Schmitt, left with her winning homeroom and Assistant Principal Sansotta, right take over the TD bank. thumbnail14070
Ms. Schmitt, left with her winning homeroom and Assistant Principal Sansotta, right take over the TD bank.
Helping to ensure the donation jar is full. thumbnail14071
Helping to ensure the donation jar is full.
It's all hands on deck as the final clock ticks down. thumbnail14080
It's all hands on deck as the final clock ticks down.
Two students watch the final minutes with a portion of food as their back drop. thumbnail14081
Two students watch the final minutes with a portion of food as their back drop.
In a feeding frenzy, the donation jars filled quickly as time expires. thumbnail14082
In a feeding frenzy, the donation jars filled quickly as time expires.
Over 2,200 food items were collected.  Some of that will be used for Thanksgiving Baskets.  The rest was already brought to the food pantry at St. Hugh’s to help those suffering the effects of Hurricane Sandy.  thumbnail14083
Over 2,200 food items were collected. Some of that will be used for Thanksgiving Baskets. The rest was already brought to the food pantry at St. Hugh’s to help those suffering the effects of Hurricane Sandy.
On the final day of contributions, the Stimson forum was the place to be. thumbnail14084
On the final day of contributions, the Stimson forum was the place to be.

Ms. Schmitt's Homeroom 311 was the official winner. But as you read the story submitted by Assistant Principal Mr. Anthony Sansotta, it's apparent that everyone, including the South Huntington Community are the true winners.




PENNY WARS AT SMS A HUGE SUCCESS!

What do you get when you take a game, a fundraiser, and a food drive, throw in a bunch of middle school students and add a Wheel of Fortune?  Anyone who was at Stimson from October 22nd through October 26th will tell you it is Extreme Penny Wars. 

 

Now in its sixth year, Penny Wars started as a way for Stimson students to raise money for charitable organizations.  The game is simple.   Homerooms earn points by bringing in pennies.  Each penny counts as one point.  Nickels, dimes, quarters, and dollar bills are negative points and are used to sabotage other teams.  In the end, the team with the most points wins. 

 

So, how did this simple game evolve into its Extreme 2012 version?  Teams leaned after the first two years that the best way to win was to fly under the radar all week and make a huge deposit of pennies at the very last minute.  The strategy was effective, but the game became dull and the money collected was declining each year.

 

Two years ago, two changes were made in order to renew interest in the game.  Bonus items were added to the mix.  Bonus items were the top five food items needed by St. Hugh’s food pantry.  Each day students were asked to bring in one of those items to earn 100 bonus points for their team.  The second change was the introduction of the Point Multiplier Wheel.  The wheel, displaying the numbers 1 through 5, was spun each afternoon in a live broadcast.  The number that came up became the point multiplier for the day.  Each team’s penny points and bonus points for the day would be multiplied by that number.  The goal was to encourage teams to put their pennies into play every day. With the new rules and renewed interest, Stimson collected over $4,000 in 2010 and made a huge food donation to St. Hugh’s. 

 

Last year we made an additional change to the game.  Wednesday was identified as Double Bonus Wednesday.  Items collected on Wednesday would be used to make Thanksgiving Baskets to be distributed to families in the South Huntington community.  These items were worth 200 points each.  We raise over $3,500 and collected almost 2,000 food items. 

 

Once again the Penny Wars staff went back to the drawing board for 2012 and made another two changes.  The first change is Bonus Box Tops points.  We all know how reluctant middle school students are to turn in those Box Tops.  Well this year they were able to earn 10 Penny Wars Points for their homerooms by bringing in those Box Tops.  As a bonus, full sheets of 25 Box Tops were given 500 points.  Our second change has really revolutionized the game.  For the first time since Penny Wars began, a change was made to the negative point menu.  This year students were asked to bring in supplies that would be shipped to the men and women serving overseas in our armed forces.  These items counted as negative 100 points each.  Box Tops and Military Items were subject to the Point Multiplier Wheel.

 

Needless to say the game got very interesting.  When the counting was completed, homeroom 311, Ms. Schmitt’s homeroom, was declared the 2012 Penny Wars Champion.  This year, after running all the change through the Penny Arcade at TD Bank, our official total raised was $4,761.65.  A substantial portion of that money will be donated to a charity chosen by the students in homeroom 311.  The remainder will stay at Stimson and will be used to support programs that benefit all of our students.  We collected about 2,200 food items.  Some of that will be used for Thanksgiving Baskets.  The rest was already brought to the food pantry at St. Hugh’s to help those suffering the effects of Hurricane Sandy.  We also collected almost 900 items that will be shipped to men and women serving overseas in the armed forces.  Finally, the Box Tops flowed into Stimson like never before. The generosity shown by Stimson students and their families has been truly amazing.  Penny Wars 2012 was a huge success and, believe it or not, students are looking forward to 2013.