SUMITON – Sumiton Christian School held their Penny Drop Fundraiser Week and this year the event surpassed the fundraising goal.
Event planners put in some new twists this year and the success has organizers smiling.
The Penny Drop fundraising event is the largest annual fundraiser for SCS. The school depends on Penny Drop funds to purchase classroom materials, library materials, and to add new programs to enrich the children’s education.
The annual Penny Drop event provides activities for each group of students and each of the classes compete against each other to collect the most “pennies.” The group breakdown is grades: K-3 through first, second through fifth, sixth through eight, and ninth through 12th.
This year the Penny Drop planners came up with prizes that resonated with the students, according to Becky Dixon, one of the event organizers.
The last day of the Penny Drop event was check day and any of the students that put a $25 check into the Penny Drop jug got a full week of “free dress,” which means they didn’t have to wear uniforms. The kids would do just about anything for a week of school without having to wear a school uniform, according to Dixon.
And seniors who brought in a $100 check were allowed to have lunch off campus.
“For seniors, this is a big deal,” Dixon said.
Teacher, students, and everyone bought in to the event this year, according to Dixon.
“Teachers were doing new and interesting activities in their classes,” she said.
The collection jars, which are used to collect the pennies, took on new and interesting themes. The seniors did sitcoms and other TV show skits based on shows such as "Friends," "The Office," "CSI" and others. They dressed up and sang the theme songs for the TV series and rewrote the songs to included pitches for pennies.
“It was almost like a pep rally,” Dixon said.
The donations come from the student’s families, friends, and local businesses.
“Parents know this event comes every fall, so they save their pennies throughout the year,” she said.
At the end of the event, planners didn’t roll the pennies; they put them in bags that hold $50 worth of pennies. All totaled, the pennies and check added up to $58,582.41, which exceeded the goal of $50,000.
“I think the success of this year’s event was because of the rewards for the Penny Drop winners,” Dixon said.