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Northern Middle students raise money for Washington County animal shelter

June 15, 2008

Northern Middle School students recently held a successful "Penny Wars" competition and donated the proceeds to the Humane Society of Washington County.

Students also collected a variety of items listed on the animal shelter's wish list and donated those items to the shelter.

The Penny Wars involved students at various grade levels placing pennies into grade specific containers. They earned points for all the pennies they collected but suffered a reduction in points for any silver coins found in the containers.

The seventh grade won the challenge and the honor of presenting the donation check to Paul Miller, shelter executive director.

Seventh-grader Molly Johnson presented a check for $295.76 to Miller on May 23, and the student body Penny Wars participants. Also in attendance were Victoria Paugh, Allison Kibler, Dominique Green, Ashley Vtar, Joi Lansdowne, Holly Preudhomme, Curtis Warnick, Chris Guertin, Rebecca Amalfitano, Kelli Wright, Colby Sirbaugh, Mollie Johnson, Alexandra Paddack, Teddy Beachley, Daved Paddack, Rachael Greenwald, Taylor Griffin, Alexa Dumpe, Emily Irwin, Malik Jones, Britni Harsh and Abby Harp.

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"We were surprised and very pleased when Ms. Cober contacted us about this project the students undertook for us," Miller said. "This was a unique fundraiser and we are so honored the students thought of us to receive the proceeds."

"I am really pleased with the number of projects the students worked on this year," said biology teach Marjorie Cober, who oversaw the project.

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