The Ellis Elementary School Student Council, under the direction of instructor Aaron Hall, led the charge in the fourth annual Penny Wars event to aid in the fight against hunger. During the three-day event this spring, each team at the Chubbuck school implemented its “war” strategy so it would be the group with the most points.
Before the contest got underway, in order to earn points, team members were encouraged to add as many pennies as they could to their team’s jar. Each penny counted as one point toward the team total. Once the penny war was declared, teams used silver coins to bombard their opponents and reduce their total points. Each silver coin was worth face value. That meant a nickel in an opponent’s jar would take away five points from that team’s total.
In the final hours of war, it was obvious who the overall winner would be. The school presented a check for $1,657.87 to The Idaho Foodbank at the end-of-year awards ceremony. That is enough to provide 4,970 meals to Idaho families.