BREWER, Maine (WABI) –
The students at Brewer worked hard to raise funds to help tackle food insecurity in the city.
The war has started at Brewer Community School in the past three weeks.
A penny war that benefits the Brewer Food Pantry.
Usually the school donates food directly to the pantry, but the pandemic has had to change their approach.
“We tried to find another way to involve the children and the school faced the great challenge of friendliness in February. So we started this as part of our Kindness Week, ”said Thomas Burby, a 7th grade teacher at Brewer Community School.
“You can do so much more with donations, so we’ve tried to maximize what we can do for the community this year and it’s helping the people right in Brewer town,” added Burby.
Brian Estes, who is also a teacher at the school, dresses up as Batman at such events in order to take part.
“Any time we can get our students to serve the wider community, I think we are expanding their experience as humans,” said Brian Estes.
“This is a way for them to take a step forward and do something, to bring in a penny, a quarter, a dollar and know that this is going to go into someone’s stomach at some point,” said Burby.
The class that raises the most money for the pantry can get a sweet victory with an ice cream party.
The Penny Wars ended Friday afternoon with Brewer students raising over $ 4,400 for the pantry.
The classes that won the ice cream party were Pre-K and Grade 6.
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