It's that time of year again at St. Raymond School in Menlo Park.
About two weeks ago, Nicholas Kaloust, a second-grader at St. Raymond, went into the principal's office to suggest that the school start its annual Penny War fundraiser so the money raised could help San Bruno fire victims. Sr. Ann Bernard, the school's principal, took that idea to the student council, and this year's Penny War was on.
The way the Penny War works is that each grade puts as many pennies as possible in it's own jar. At the same time, each grade puts silver coins or paper money in the jars of other grades. For each silver coin or paper dollar in a jar, that grade has to take out an equal number of pennies. So, one quarter in, means 25 pennies out. The objective is to have the most pennies remaining in your grade's jar at the end of the week.
Last year, the funds raised went to earthquake victims in Haiti. This year, St. Raymond raised nearly $2,700, which will be donated to St. Roberts School in San Bruno, where 15 families were affected by this tragedy.