Laguna Middle School Raises $1,600 in Penny Wars

Annual Competition Supports Children with Special Needs

Cathy Ahearn’s seventh grade home base class raised a total of $256.76

All proceeds benefit the programs and services at Jack’s Helping Hand, which helps families of children with special needs. The top two classes this year were Cathy Ahearn’s seventh grade home base class, which brought in a total of $256.76, and Will Wittman’s eighth grade home base class, which brought in $207.41.

“We’re so proud of the students for continuing this program and for enthusiastically giving back to the community,” said Jack’s Helping Hand Executive Director Mary Illingworth. “These funds will help many families in need. We’re so grateful for Laguna Middle School’s support.”

It was seventh versus eighth grade in an epic battle to raise funds for a prize of an extra 10 minutes of lunch recess. The goal was to raise as much money for Jack’s Helping Hand as possible. Each home base class was given a box to collect coins and cash donations. Every coin was worth 100 points and every bill was considered a “bomb” – a way to deduct 100 points per bill from the other grade. Miss Ahearn’s seventh grade class clinched the winning title again this year, raising the most funds for the nonprofit association.

The whole concept of Penny Wars was a creative attempt to get the Laguna Middle School students involved in fundraising. Last year, the school’s eighth grade leadership class launched Penny Wars to give back to the community and help children with special needs.

To date, the Penny Wars competition has provided $3,600 in donations to the local nonprofit organization. For more information, visit or call (805) 547-1914.


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