This town just happens to be about 10 minutes down the road from where I live, yet these young students are thinking so global! What an awesome job they are doing!
Conn. students raise money for JapanUpdated: Thursday, 24 Mar 2011, 1:30 PM EDTNorth Haven, Conn. (WTNH) - Students at Montowese Elementary School in North Haven are raising money to help those affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
Published : Thursday, 24 Mar 2011, 12:31 PM EDT
It's been dubbed The Penny Wars, and every coin collected will end up going to help people in Japan.
"We kind of brainstormed and one of the teachers said what about a penny war? And I've been involved with that before and I thought it would be a great idea," said Principal Mary Federico.
So far the kids have raised more than $1,600.
"Well, Japan needs it more than America," said fourth grader Samantha Agello.
Every penny counts as a point for the class, but then you can put a nickel, dime or quarter into another class's jar and that subtracts points from them.
"It's kind of hard with the quarters and the dimes. There's more silver than pennies and dollars. It's harder to gain than to lose," said fifth grader Luigi Coppola.
It means the kids have to strategize where to put their money and when.
"The grade that wins, we'll put all our silver coins into that grade so that they lose the next day," said fourth grader Samantha Agello.
"You know, they're excited about the competition, but they're also saying it doesn't make a difference because the money is the money and we're raising it for Japan," Principal Federico said.
And that's the most important part. At the end of school Friday, all those coins will go to the bank, and then on to help people who have lost everything.
"Right now they don't have food shelter or water and we think we should do whatever we can to help them," said fifth grader Niti Bidja.
When they tally up and declare the class winner on Friday, there's no prize in store for that winning class, not even a pizza party, just bragging rights. Any prize, they say, would detract from the real lesson here which is, raising money for people who need it.
To find out how you can help the people of Japan visit the American Red Cross.
My own Princess (aka stormoftara or "the TStorm") recently contributed her own play money for the month ($50.00!!!) to the Red Cross relief for Japan fund. I am so very proud of her!
Speaking of earthquakes...CT experienced one! Okay so a truck going down the road would probably shake your home more, still its relevant to this post ^.~
Earthquake rattles MoodusUpdated: Thursday, 24 Mar 2011, 12:33 PM EDTMoodus, Conn. (WTNH) - The U.S. Geological Survey confirms that a 1.3 earthquake shook the Moodus area Wednesday night.
Published : Thursday, 24 Mar 2011, 11:51 AM EDT
They say the quake happened at 8:42pm five miles from Moodus, 8 miles from Chester and 15 miles from Deep River.
The exact coordinates are 41.93 N and 72.361 W. Click here to see the map