Coin Wars at Montgomery Elementary School

Students from kindergarten to fourth grade at Montgomery Elementary School turn in their coins on Thursday, Feb. 28 for the final day of Coin Wars. The students are (front, from left) Rhia Krautkremer, Alexis Martinez, Mecca Nightingale, Teegan Brown (middle) Lauren Houn, Estephanie Martinez, Lucas Allison, Dylan Westerman, Megan Marek, (back) Alex Bass, Tanner Smith, and Alison Weydert. (Wade Young Photo)


Students in Montgomery Elementary School learned last week that spare change can really add up, and be used for something good.
The kindergarten to grade four classes in the building held a Coin War from February 25 to 28.
Students were asked to bring in coins and place them in one of two classroom containers in their rooms during the week. The containers the students chose were based on the reward they wanted. Whichever container held the most money at the end of the week, that is what the class won.
Some of the choices for rewards allowed students to bring stuffed animals or electronics to school,  no homework night, crazy hair day, music day and pyjama day.  
When all was said and done, students had raised $401.10 for the coin war, and  an additional $112.40 for incentives on a sucker tree. According to Cheryl Marek, President of the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), almost $485 of the total went to classroom libraries, with the remaining money going to the media center.
“I think that the teachers got every book they requested,” Marek said.  
Not only did the spare change benefit books for the classrooms and library, but it is helping kids in need too. 
Marek added that for every dollar that the school collected,  Scholastic will donate a book to Kids in Distressed Situations Inc or the Kids in Need Foundation.
“So our students helped donate 513 books to ‘at-risk kids in need!” Marek said.
The school also held its Book Fair during the week of parent-teacher conferences. The Fair was a huge success,  selling 1,047 books that will get into kids hands. Marek said that translates to $5,200  in revenue and approximately 188,532 reading minutes for the students.