We recently had the honor and pleasure of meeting with some of the most philanthropic, energetic, amazing kids at Alpha Hart Elementary School. The students at Alpha Hart competed in a “penny war” competition over nine days and raised $1,241 for Heart of Missouri United Way!
The classes were competing against one another, as well as the other grades. The class that raised the most money from kindergarten to second grade was Katey Lawrence’s first-grade class. The class that raised the most money from third to fifth grade was Olivia Zacharias’ third-grade class.
Heart of Missouri United Way President & CEO, Andrew Grabau, and Chief Operations Officer, David Holtgraewe, visited the two winning classes on a sunny Tuesday afternoon. Guided by second-grade teacher Amy Waldron and principal Dr. Amanda Minear, the room erupted with cheers when Heart of Missouri United Way thanked them for their wonderful donation.
The kids gushed over how much fun they had participating in (and winning) the penny wars and how much they love to read. Both kids and teachers reminisced over the books they received from our Read Across Columbia program last fall.
Andrew passed out some colorful United Way bookmarks and told the kids how their penny wars donations can help them, and other kids like them in Columbia, receive more books this upcoming spring.