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PENNS MANOR: Holiday fundraising events a big hit at school

by ERIKA ALLISON, Gazette Student News Reporter on December 21, 2012 11:00 AM

It was a holiday-themed week at Penns Manor: students and faculty wore red and green on Monday, rocked between classes on Tuesday, wore Santa hats Wednesday, ugly Christmas sweaters on Thursday and are ending the week today with slipper, pajama and Snuggie day.

It's not exactly easy to get a school full of teenagers into the Christmas spirit, but mention a doughnut party and everyone is willing to participate in holiday events. The event I'm talking about is the annual Penny Wars, which is held by the Penns Manor National Honor Society. Around Christmastime every year, NHS holds this fundrasier to benefit the children at St. Jude's Research Hospital. Students competed against each other by grade to see how much money they could raise in one week together. The winning grade received a doughnut party. NHS adviser Jamie Cortazzo, along with club members, collected and counted money all week and the results are in!

The junior class came in sixth with -165 points. Fifth place was given to the sophomores with 188 points. Fourth place went to the ninth-grade with 1,595 points. Eighth grade got third-place with 5,602 points. Seventh grade came in second with a total of 8,072 points. And the senior class was victorious with 11,362 points! During the collection period, silver was negative, except on the last day when everything counted. On some days everything doubled, only pennies being positive.

With a huge amount of generosity from students and staff, all of those points transferred into nearly $400 raised in one week for St. Jude's.

St. Jude's and the National Honor Scoiety are not the only charity and club getting recognized this week. The PM Spanish Club, along with adviser Christina Smolcic, held its own event to benefit "Toys for Tots." "Fiesta de Navidad," also known as "PM Idol," is always held before students break for Christmas. For $1, students purchased a ticket to see their peers show off their talents of singing, dancing, playing an instrument, or even twirling a baton. In previous years, Spanish Club raised between $300-$400 for the charity.

Penns Manor is proud to have helped such important charities in such a big way, and on behalf of the school, Happy Holidays!

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