Miami Trace and Washington C.H. Students will be collecting change and donations
The annual United Way Penny Pals tradition is back at Miami Trace and Washington Court House schools for the next two weeks. From October 8th -18th students from Kindergarten through fifth grade, as well as the students at Head Start Early Learning Center, will collect change and donations of all kinds for the United Way campaign.
To add some friendly competition to the event, YUSA Corporation will provide cash prizes to the classrooms in each district that raise the most money.
Last year the students brought in just over $7,000, making this one of United Way's largest fundraisers. According to United Way director Whitney Gentry, this is something the students look forward to all year. "A year never goes by without me hearing from a teacher that a child has saved change all year long for Penny Pals. Its very touching that the children want to give so that they can help others."
Penny Pals has been a partnership between United Way, YUSA Corporation, Miami Trace Local Schools and Washington Court House City Schools for over 15 years. Huntington Bank has assisted for several years, counting every last penny and this year the students at Head Start will join in for the first time. "We appreciate the support of the local schools and businesses who help make this possible," said Gentry.
Proceeds from the fundraiser will be invested in local health and human service organizations in Fayette County.
Look for students to bring home the Penny Pal cups for the United Way fundrasier. Pictured donating the cups to United Way are Takeyoshi Usui - YUSA President; Whitney Gentry - Untied Way; Shin Ueno - YUSA Executive Vice President; and Paul Grubb YUSA VP of Administration.