Interact Club To Conduct Penny Drive For Harvey Victims

Urbana High School’s Interact Club will be conducting a penny drive in conjunction with Student Senate to raise funds for those affected by the recent flooding in Houston, Texas.

The fundraiser will run from September 5 until September 11. Four jugs will be placed in the commons, with each jug representing a class of students. Students and staff will able to donate both change and dollar bills during lunch hours. The class with the most money in their jug at the end of sixth hour on September 13 will be declared the winner. To provide a fun twist for donors, pennies will count negatively towards a class’ total, so potential donors should look to add pennies into the jugs of other classes.

“The fundraiser idea was actually from two underclassmen, who brought the idea to one of our sponsors, Mr. Stark,” says Alyson Trowbridge, UHS Senior and Interact Student Coordinator.  

“Another sponsor, Mrs. Trezise, came up with the idea of the change wars because she helped with Habitat’s last year and still had the jars.”

While nobody is forced to donate, Trowbridge reminds prospective donors that the money will be donated to a great cause and that the winning class will receive a prize.

Sophomore Cleo McGee, who along with Itzel Ambrocio spawned the idea for the drive, says that she wanted to give back because she would appreciate the donations if the tables were reversed.

“I decided to do something because I felt bad and if that ever happened to the place I am living I would want somebody to do the same for me and the state I live in.

The change drive idea has been used successfully by other clubs and organizations in the past. Recently, the marching band raised more than $500 in order to fund the purchase of new instruments. It was utilized by Habitat For Humanity last year, and is common during homecoming week to raise money for the pep assembly.

The Penny Drive as seen on Tuesday 9/5 during fourth hour.

It will be exciting to see who wins; the race is on! Go Seniors!

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