By Hannah Goerndt
This year’s Penny War pitting the 7th graders, 8th graders, freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors and the staff against each other begins on Monday, October 7 and will conclude Friday, October 11 as the bell rings to end the school day.
Each group will be given a five gallon bucket that is placed in a different room according to grade. Students bring in pennies to add to their class bucket; of course, many students will drop in coins other than pennies to the opposing classes, as the point of the war is to see who can bring the most pennies for their class during a week’s time. If someone from another class puts silver coins or paper currency in a class jar it is subtracted from the penny amount. The buckets will be taken to the Bank of Baker, where the workers there will tally up all funds. Whichever class has the most pennies, or the least negative balance, will be dubbed the winner and be the recipient of a pizza party hosted by BHS Student Council. The goal this year is to earn $1,500 dollars that will then be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation when the Student Council members attend the Student Council State Convention.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation was created on April 29, 1980 in Phoenix, AZ. The mission of this foundation is to give children with terminal illnesses a chance to make the wish of a lifetime. The values of the organization include; Child Focus, Integrity, Impact, Innovation and Community. The foundation hopes to be able to grant the wish of every eligible child. Baker High School has used the Penny Wars as a donation opportunity every year in the goal of helping The Make-A-Wish Foundation sponsor a child’s wish.