There is a war going on at Maricopa Wells Middle School.
Not to worry, it’s all a benefit for F.O.R. Maricopa’s food bank.
Penny Wars was organized by the National Junior Honor Society, setting the eighth grade against the sixth and seventh grades.
“I came up with the idea because I knew kids would actually participate and donate money because it’s a competition,” said Society President Ariana Vaida, an eighth grader at the school.
Each grade level has a jug in the front office. To gain points for the team, they add pennies or dollar bills. To decrease points for the other teams, they put silver coins in their jugs. Each denomination of coin is worth a certain amount of points.
“But they all know the money we raise goes to the food bank,” Ariana said.
The Penny Wars started Sept. 6 and end on Friday. Then they will count the points to determine the winner.
Ariana, secretary Jasmine N. and Hannah Paul Gindiri created this video to explain the activity.