Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Give a penny, help an eagle

For students at 15 elementary schools in Caldwell County, chipping in pocket change to help raise funds for a new eagle habitat at Grandfather Mountain was no problem.

In a two-week period, the schools were able to raise more than $9,400 that will go to the new habitat near Boone and they did so by holding a penny challenge between classrooms.

Incentives for collecting the most pennies? Each school's top raising classroom received a pizza party, while the overall top fundraising classroom received a field trip to see the animals at Grandfather Mountain.

Top honors went to Allyson Davis’s kindergarten class at Collettsville School, collecting $186.06. Tabitha Call’s fourth grade class at Davenport A+ School helped raise $185.18.

Because final totals were so close, both classes won a field trip sponsored by Grandfather
Mountain Stewardship Foundation.

Other top classroom finishers in the district include Nilson, Hudson Elementary; Powell, Gamewell Elementary; Heavner, Lower Creek; Pennell, Oakhill; Becker, West Lenoir; Whittington, Happy Valley; Medlin, Dudley Shoals; Mitchell, Sawmills; Townsend, Granite Falls; Lomens, Baton; and D. Bolick, Valmead.

Photos courtesy of Libby Brown.
Top: Collettsville - Allyson Davis's kindergarten class with Penn Dameron, president of the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation and Principal Melissa Costin.
Bottom: Davenport - Tablitha Call's fourth grade class with Penn Dameron, president of the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation.