Each year, Odyssey PTO hosts an International Night event at Odyssey. During the preparation for International Night, our students often learn that in many countries around the world, citizens may not have access to some of the necessities that we take for granted, like a steady supply of food, adequate shelter or good schools. So in the weeks leading up to International Night, we hold a Penny War. The Penny War shows the students that they can make a difference in the world with their pennies and pocket change.
Each classroom has a collection jar. Pennies add points to their classroom jar and silver money or paper money subtracts points. The class with the most points (not necessarily the most money raised!) wins a prize. The students have great fun with this particular fundraiser and in 2014, they raised over $1200 for Heifer International, all with their pocket change!
Heifer International is a charitable organization that provides livestock and training to communities all around the world. For more information, visit www.heifer.org.