Mundelein Elementary School District

Skip to main content
Main Menu Toggle
Band students practice
Students on playground
Students on playground
Cross Country Runner
students working in the middle school library
Students with stuffed animals
Student with drum
Student works on art project
Cross Country Runners
Carl Sandburg Middle School
Students use technology
Soccer Game
Washington School
Teacher with students at table
Students working together
students in classroom
Cross Country Runners
Students listening to iPads
Lincoln School
Soccer Game
student with sensory table
students working in Discovery Den
teacher with student
CSMS Volleyball Team
Student plays Soccer
students at table
Student with football
students reading together
students working at desks
student with teacher
volleyball player

WARS FOR WISHES: MECHANICS GROVE SCHOOL’S PENNY WARS

 

The three teams, comprised of the three grade levels at MG, each received their own collection bucket, and throughout the two weeks, students gathered coins and dollar bills to add to their own and their competitors’ buckets.  Why add money to an opposing team’s bucket?  Because while pennies secure positive points for one’s own team, other coins and dollar bills count as negative points to slow another team’s progress!  The three teams synergized and thought strategically about where to place their money in order to climb their way to the top and ensure a victory.  In reality, a win-win victory was inevitable: students received the joy of giving back to their community, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation received the funds to make another wish come true!

The competition kick-off came in the form of an assembly organized by principal Tanya Fergus and Student Lighthouse Council leaders Kacie Albrecht and Sandy Schrank.  A Make-A-Wish representative painted a clear picture of the foundation’s vision, while Jack Czapla, leukemia survivor and current 7th grade student at Carl Sandburg Middle School, and Brent Fergus, cancer survivor and Make-A-Wish beneficiary, shared about the gracious support they received from the Make-A-Wish foundation.  The students at MG were inspired, and the following day, the “war” commenced.  At the end of each day, teachers teamed up to count the amount of money in each grade level’s bucket to share the most current total with students, who used this information to formulate the best strategy.  The amount of MG students who participated was overwhelming, and all were excited to work as a team and give generously to a worthy cause.  The third grade team ended the “war” with the highest sum, but more importantly the students of Mechanics Grove raised a total of $2298!  Because of their dedication, compassion, and kind hearts, yet another wish will be granted.