Penny war nets $1,500 for fire victims
High School students donate money to the Red Cross
By AMANDA PAZORNIK
They wanted to make a change.
A change in the lives of those who lost possessions, large and
small, expensive and inexpensive, replaceable and irreplaceable during
last October's wildfires.
In order to make that change, students at Aliso Niguel High School
emptied their pockets, filled jars with coins and small bills and
collected $1,500 for the American Red Cross to be passed along to
those affected by the recent disaster.
"We were all very pleased with the amount we raised," said Neil
Aronson, fundraiser organizer and Associated Student Body member. "We
are definitely going to do more fundraisers in the future for the
community when the need arises."
For one week, the students fought in a "penny war." Each class
could only add pennies to its jar, while competing classes could
sabotage the penny collecting by adding other coins and bills. The
sophomore class finished with the most pennies in its jar.
Morning announcements and e-mails to faculty and parents helped
elicit additional donations, and music at lunch turned the
coin-collecting into an event.
Alesha Arp, a representative from the Red Cross, met with Aronson
at Aliso Niguel to collect the money on behalf of the Orange County
Following the success of the penny drive, students have since
organized a blood drive for the Red Cross and a fundraiser benefiting