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School district plays friendly game of Penny Wars for a good cause

Published: Oct. 22, 2021 at 12:17 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 26, 2021 at 11:11 AM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Three elementary schools in the Northwest Public School District are at war.

Cedar Hollow, 1-R School and St. Libory are raising money to help build their Northwest Capital Campaign Sports Complex.

1-R School Principal Steve Retzlaff said they are working toward a $7.5 million dollar project through the Northwest Education Foundation, the Athletics Boosters and just kind of the entire school district to build a complex at the Northwest High School.

The way the elementary schools are helping is each grade competes against each other by raising money through a fundraiser called, “Penny Wars.”

The winning grade will get to present the total their school raises to the Northwest Public Schools superintendent and members of the Joint Capital Campaign Committee.

Northwest Capital Campaign Complex volunteer Tosha Edwards said doing Penny Wars allows the kids from the elementary and middle School to have ownership in the school being built.

“They get to know they played a huge role in having it,” said Edwards. “Northwest has always been four buildings, but consider themselves one family, and this is our way of continuing with that belief.”

“It’s been a lot of fun. Like trying to have other grades make our money and points go down. It has been fun and trying to beat them has been really fun,” said 1-R School, eighth grader, Sean Kelly.

As of October 21, Penny Wars total collected is $5161.73. The competition ends October 29 with a check presentation.

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