ST. CLAIR SHORES — It was a war where everyone was a winner — especially a local charity, Kids on the Go.
Students at St. Isaac Jogues Catholic School raised $816 for Kids on the Go during this year’s penny wars.
“It’s so important … as part of our Catholic identity, to grow in virtue ourselves, but (also) to take those virtues we’re learning about — kindness, generosity — and give back to the community we live in,” said Sister Peter Joseph, of St. Isaac Jogues.
The school was divided into three teams — preschool to first grade, second to fifth grades and sixth to eighth grades. Students brought in loose change to donate to the cause, with pennies giving their team positive points and silver coins taking points away from another team.
“If somebody comes along and puts a quarter in your jar, you’re negative 25,” Sister Peter Joseph said. “You bring all your pennies and put them in your jar, and you bring in all your other coins and put them in everyone else’s jar. It’s really fun.”
Penny wars are an annual tradition at the school, but this is one of the highest amounts the school has raised for a charity, she said. The student council votes on which charity to support each year, she said, so that the cause is one that is relevant to the student population.