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12/26/2012 12:47:00 PM
Freshmen Penny War raises cash for Share Christmas
On behalf of their freshman classmates, Chase Diekrager and Jason Klimavicz present a check  for $288.81 to Sonja Miedtke, Share Christmas coordinator. The freshman advisories at Hayfield High School challenged each other to a penny war for seven school days.  At the end of that time, $288.81 was collected for Share Christmas. Photo submitted
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On behalf of their freshman classmates, Chase Diekrager and Jason Klimavicz

present a check for $288.81 to Sonja Miedtke, Share Christmas coordinator. The freshman advisories at Hayfield High School challenged each other to a penny war for seven school days. At the end of that time, $288.81 was collected for Share Christmas.

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The freshman advisories at Hayfield High School challenged each other to a penny war for seven school days. Each of the three advisors, Mrs. Schmeling, Mr. Struck and Mrs. Wanzek, had three jars in their rooms- one with their own name, and one for each of the student advisors.

Lynn Wanzek described the penny war like this: pennies were worth one positive point apiece. Other coins were negative points, equal to their value - so there's strategy involved - if Mrs. Wanzek has 100 pennies in any of her three jars, it only takes one dollar in one of her jars to "erase" those positive penny points.

"We found that a lot of silver just put teachers 'in the hole' so pennies were necessary to move them closer to positive numbers," Wanzek said.

In their strategies students looked at the jars in the three different rooms; they would hold out both the silver-dollars-even the pennies- until near the end, making sure one advisory room would lose. The wining homeroom was the one with the highest number in points, not necessarily dollars.

"We were incredibly proud of how the ninth graders collected an impressive amount of money in an incredibly short amount of time and had good-natured fun while doing it!" Wanzek said.


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