On Feb. 13 Estes Elementary School students presented a check to United Way for just over $700 at Estes Elementary School. The students raised the money via a penny war. Students have been donating the pennies all semester. Estes staff members also chipped in with $1 donations to wear jeans for a day.
“We wanted to donate the proceeds to United Way because it benefits so many programs that directly impact our students. We wanted our students to have the opportunity to play an active role in giving back to their community. We had children bringing in money from their piggy banks because they said they wanted to help others,” said Whitney Jewell, Estes Teacher.
Estes third-graders say they decided to have the penny war to help their fellow students see what it means to be a leader within the community. As a Leader In Me school, they wanted to showcase how each person can be a leader in their own way and that we can all make a very positive impact when we work together.