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The war of the pennies

Coins come flying in for schools' Relay fundraiser

The students at Melyssa Cournoyer’s third-grade class were one of the top classes at Charlton Street School for their coin drive, which went to the Relay For Life. Charlton Street and Eastford Road school brought in a combined $1,809.61. Adam T. Silva. (click for larger version)
June 22, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — It has gone beyond the saying — "every little bit counts."

Through penny wars and coin drives, Charlton Street School and Eastford Road School brought in a total of $1,809.61 for the Southbridge Relay For Life, which was held this past weekend, June 17-18 at McMahon Field.

At both schools, the two classes that raised the most money received a pizza and Popsicle party supplied by the Relay. At Eastford Road School, which had penny wars, Julianna Robb's kindergarten class and Ms. Janice Pena's first-grade class won top honors and at Charlton Street School, which had a coin drive, Melyssa Cournoyer's third-grade class and Heather Blanchard's second-grade class brought in the most money.

Overall, Charlton Street School brought in $748.12 and Eastford Road School collected $1,061.49.

"The excitement by not only the students, but by the parents and teachers was amazing," said Eastford Road Principal Diane Shaw. "Our students also have been involved with raising money for tornado relief, so there is greatness coming from them with disaster relief and with cancer fundraising. We're still working on tornado relief, but we've raised about $500 so far."

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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