HCC class assists animal shelter

December 15, 2008

Hagerstown Community College students in Professor Loretta J. Thornhill's Business Law class recently held a Penny War to benefit the Humane Society of Washington County, resulting in a $153.77 donation.

The money was taken to the shelter by Elise Waters and presented to executive director Paul Miller.

Students in Thornhill's class were divided into groups and chose a project. Collectively, the students presented their project with the following mission statement, "As a group, we will be raising money to donate to the Humane Society of Washington County by organizing a "Penny War" across HCC's campus." In addition to Group Contact Person Elise Waters, other group members were Lacey Brookens, Danielle Holland, Josh Smith, Brenton Baker, Matthew Stotelmyer and Steven Hines.

The project was a great deal of effort but a wonderful experience. "We all noticed how many people were so willing to help the animals," said Waters adding, "It was just great to see everyone join in."


Various buildings on campus competed with each other in an effort to collect the greatest number of copper pennies and win the Penny War. Nickels, dimes and quarters resulted in points being taken away from a team and was a way to sabotage another group's chances of winning.

"What a fun way to raise money," said Miller. "The silver coins were meant to sabotage the competition but they actually helped our cause to help the homeless pets."

The HSWC is grateful to the students, staff and campus visitors who participated in the Penny War.

When all the pennies and various denominations of change were tallied up, the Classroom Building won the competition.

The animal shelter is at 13011 Maugansville Road in Hagerstown.

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