The annual United Way of Fayette County program is supported by local schools
Fayette County's elementary children came through in a big way again for United Way, raising $7,787.62 for the organization in its annual Penny Pals drive.
For two weeks the elementary students at Miami Trace Local Schools, Washington Court House City Schools and Fayette County Early Learning Center collected all sorts of change and bills to help the cause. And for some friendly competition - YUSA Corporation, who sponsors the event, offered cash prizes to the winners in each district.
First place at Washington Court House City Schools was Mr. Melnek's fourth grade class. They raised $240.63. Taking first place at Miami Trace - with $334 was the Kindergarten class of Mrs. Howard. Fayette County Early Learning Center joined in for the first time this year and the winner there was Ms. Gerhardt's classes who raise $157.06.
"Once again the students showed their giving spirit by there tremendous support of Penny Pals," said United Way director Whitney Gentry, "as did everyone who made this possible - YUSA Corporation, Huntington Banks and the schools." Money raised from Penny Pals goes towards United Way's $130,000 campaign goal and will be used to invest in roughly 24 health and human service organizations in Fayette County.