Thousands of pennies added up as students, faculty and staff at the North Dakota State College of Science competed in the annual “Penny Wars” campaign. More than $700 was raised for the United Way of Richland/Wilkin Counties.
Penny Wars, sponsored by NDSCS Residential Life, is a week-long competition for NDSCS residence halls, commuting students, apartment dwellers, faculty and staff to raise funds a coin or a dollar at a time for the United Way.
Each area has a jar for collecting coins and dollars. Pennies count positively toward the group’s final total, while dollars and other coins subtract from the final total. For example, if a $5 dollar bill were placed in another group’s jar, it would subtract 500 pennies from that jar.
It was a scramble in the final hours of the competition, as groups filled their jars with pennies and loaded the competition with dollars and silver coins. A former NDSCS student and Nordgaard Hall resident returned to campus specifically for Penny Wars to donate almost $300 toward Nordgaard Hall.
“If I don’t spend money on things I don’t really need, I can easily donate a fair amount that could help someone else. Plus, it’s a fun and interactive way to help out, while showing not only pride in yourself, but for your hall and college, as well,” the student commented.
Nordgaard Hall once again came out on top and will retain possession of the traveling Penny War trophy. In one week, NDSCS raised $702.44 for the cause.