Clash of Coins fund-raising competition is under way


The Chesapeake Academy Student Council is conducting its school-wide Clash of Coins competition.

“Competing against other classes, getting annoyed when other teams give you negative points…. the high spiritedness of the competition of Clash of the Coins makes raising money a lot more fun,” said Landon Reih. “The Clash of the Coins competition is an exciting time at Chesapeake Academy!”

The competition raises money to help make Christmas a little brighter for people in the community, reported head of school Deborah Cook. This year’s theme will challenge students to find the illusive icon, Waldo, while collecting coins (positive points) and avoiding bills (negative points).

The class that accumulates the most positive points before the December 9 deadline will be declared the victor of Clash of Coins and perhaps finally figure out where that sneaky man in the stripy shirt is hiding, said Cook. One thing is certain, amongst all the skullduggery, the whole school will have fun and raise money for a good cause.

“During the holiday season, we often donate money. However, actually going to the store, picking out presents with specific children in mind, wrapping them and delivering them to  a family makes a world of difference,” said student council sponsor Kim Dynia.

“Being more involved in the giving, students get to see the difference they make. And this helps to build an interest in philanthropy. Students love receiving a shopping list with information about specific kids and thinking about what that child might like based on their wish list,” said Dynia. “My favorite part is watching an eighth-grade boy holding two dolls, trying to figure out which one a four-year old girl might like best. They take their job very seriously—they really want the kids in their community to have a good holiday.”

The student council also will be collecting new and gently used cold weather items to be donated to families in area. Coats, scarves, mittens, hats, socks are all welcome. Contributions can be dropped in Chesapeake Academy’s front office, Dynia’s classroom, or placed right on the Giving Tree located in the Marion and Leland T. James Llbrary on the Rowe Campus, 107 Steamboat Road, Irvington.

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