WARREN - The students at Summit Academy in Warren, were no scrooges this holiday season as they gave their spare change and dollars to help the Warren Family Mission.
Summit Academy Middle/ Secondary Director Will Logston said the 108 students in grades seven to 12 at the building took part in the three-week fundraiser "Don't Be a Scrooge" to raise funds for the local charity.
"The class that raised the most money gets to take part in a dress down for a week since we are a uniform school. They will also receive a pizza party," he said.
He said there were rules to the game with pennies the only coins that count as positive while anything green or silver counts to the negative.
"The idea is students could go to other classrooms and try to drop coins in the containers of a competing classroom, which could drop that classroom's total," Logston said.
He said the senior class chose the mission as the charity they wanted to help.
"The senior class in particular suggested the Warren Family Mission. This will help those families and students who have been helped by the mission," Logston said.
Kyler Baclawsk, a seventh-grader, said when he first heard what was to take place, he thought it was a good idea.
Logston said the students finished strong - bringing in coins to the last day.
"It was a amazing. They brought in bags of coins. One student brought in $40 of cash and coins the first day to put in. It was a fun activity for the students," Logston said.
Melissa Allen, individual educational plan coordinator and fundraiser committee chair, said the students really got into the effort this year.
"They remembered from last year how much fun it was,"Allen said.
The ninth-grade class brought in the most with more than $400 collected.
Greg Dobrowolski, math teacher, said the activity was more of a visual thing with students helping to count totals.
"They had a lot of fun learning about how much pennies got canceled out by a $1," she said.
Sarah Valingo, a language arts instructor who is in charge of the senior class, said she thought it was a good idea helping the Warren Family Mission.
"The seniors decided the mission was the best use of the money," she said.