To do your own Penny Wars / Pennies for Peace competition:
- Form competitive teams such as different grades, different classrooms etc to challenge each other. You can have up to as many teams competing as you want.
- Set up one jar for each team in a central location such as the office.
- Pennies put in each jar count as one point for each penny. However, nickels, dimes, quarters, and dollar bills put in the opposing team’s jar count as negative points. For instance, nickels are negative 5 points, dimes are negative 10, quarters are negative 25 and dollar bills are negative 100 points.
- This competition ideally runs for 3 – 5 days. Running tallies can be kept track of in a public setting to encourage competition.
- Take pictures of your competition to share with us and let us know how you’re doing!
- If you want, offer a prize for the winning team such as candy or a pizza party.
- After the money has been collected and rolled, you’ll be able to submit contributions online through the Peace Corps Partnership Program once the project is live (October/November before camp).
Remember, in 2014 three schools in three different states raised over $1,200 for GLOW by organizing a Penny Wars competition. Those coins sent 12 girls to Camp GLOW… who knew small change could make such a big difference?!