Penny Wars Hits First Decade

 Ms. Daniella's winning homeroom was at our local NEFCU Bank recently to feed thousands of dollars in coins into their automated counting machine. Thank you NEFCU Branch Manager John Schneidawn and Business Development Officer Heidi Beth Felix for the great goodie-bags for our students.
Ms. Daniella's winning homeroom was at our local NEFCU Bank recently to feed thousands of dollars in coins into their automated counting machine. Thank you NEFCU Branch Manager John Schneidawn and Business Development Officer Heidi Beth Felix for the great goodie-bags for our students.
Stimson Assistant Principal Anthony Sansotta calls out final instructions to students as the Penny Wars competition comes to a close.
Stimson Assistant Principal Anthony Sansotta calls out final instructions to students as the Penny Wars competition comes to a close.
Prior to all their hard work counting money at the bank, our winning homeroom enjoyed a catered breakfast.
Prior to all their hard work counting money at the bank, our winning homeroom enjoyed a catered breakfast.

Stimson Middle School has wrapped up another successful Penny Wars and the generosity shown by our Stimson students and their families, and the support of the Stimson faculty and staff was been truly amazing.

Now in its 10th year, Stimson's Penny Wars Competition continues to evolve. The game is simple. Homerooms compete against each other by bringing in positive point items for their own team. These items include pennies, bonus food items, Box Tops, and empty water bottles. Teams can sabotage their opponents by giving them negative point items such as silver coins, dollar bills, and military care package items. In the end, the team with the most points wins.

The lead changed hands several times throughout the week, with several teams going into the final day with a chance to take home the 2016 title. In the end, when the counting was completed, Ms. Daniella's team 216 was declared the 2016 Penny Wars Champions.

This year the Stimson school community raised over $3,200. A substantial portion of that money will be donated to a charity chosen by the students on Team 216. The remainder of the money will stay at Stimson, and will be used to support programs that benefit all of our students.

The Penny Wars collected about 2,600 food items. Some of that was used to make Thanksgiving baskets for families in the South Huntington community. The rest was donated to the food pantry at St. Hugh's. The Stimson effort also collected more than 2,200 items that will be given to the Long Island Blue Star Moms to be shipped overseas to men and women serving in our armed forces. The Long Island Blue Star Moms will use proceeds from our water bottle collection, approximately $250, to help with their shipping costs. Finally, the Box Tops turned in by Stimson students will generate an additional $1,000 for Stimson programs.

Great job Stimson community!