Students at the C.G. Johnson Elementary School have turned pennies into hope by participating in the Penn State DuBois THON Penny Wars competition.
The students were to bring in pennies in the hopes of winning a prize for their grade level. However, students could sabotage other grades by putting in silver coins and dollar bills. The amount of the silver coins and dollar bills was deducted from the total pennies collected.
At the end of the week-long event, Ms. Nicole Marshall’s Multi-Disabled Classroom won the C.G. Johnson competition. The school raised $613.37 total, the most of the three schools participating. The other schools were Wasson Avenue and Oklahoma Elementary Schools.
According to information provided by Marcie Brubaker, Assistant Student Engagement Coordinator at Penn State DuBois, “THON is a student-run philanthropy committed to enhancing the lives of children and families impacted by childhood cancer. Their mission is to provide emotional and financial support, spread awareness, and ensure funding for critical research at Penn State Children’s Hospital – all in pursuit of a cure. The 46-hour dance marathon has raised over $157,000,000 and helped over 4000 families.”
Brubaker also noted that a former C.G. Johnson Elementary student will be participating in the dance. Sophomore Katelyn Long, a Human Development and Family Studies major, will be one of three dancers from PSU DuBois going to THON this year.