Penny Wars are fundraisers done by New Haven High School to raise money for charities. The penny war happened last week, which was September 30th-October 4th.
The competition involved students putting money in jars to be donated to the American Red Cross, which is going to send the money to aid relief efforts in the Bahamas. Junior Dori McCarty was the one who made this penny war possible for the students at NHHS. The high school’s current events class sponsored the penny war. The official donation will be made this week by Mrs. Wnuk. There will also be a representative from People’s Savings Bank at the volleyball game on Thursday presenting NHHS with a check. Mrs. Borcherding will take a photo of that. The total amount of money that was raised through Dori’s penny war was $527.10.
The victims of the hurricane in the Bahamas suffered almost 24 hours of brutal winds, lots of rain, and lots of damage. There was flash-flooding, lots of damage to houses, fallen trees, collapsed bridges, and flooded roads.
In response to why this competition was organized, junior Haleigh Nicholas said, “It was to raise money for the Bahamas and for the victims of a hurricane that sat over the Bahamas for 24 hours.”
Junior Dori McCarty said, “To help the survivors of Hurricane Dorian. To raise awareness of the destruction of the hurricane.”
“[The penny war] was created because Dori wanted to help out the people in the Bahamas that suffered from Hurricane Dorian. She wanted to raise money for them,” reports senior Lauralie Grater.
Senior Hunter Garren said, “It was for the victims of Hurricane Dorian and to help the survivors of the hurricane.”