Pennies for Pets Competition

To benefit: Pilots to the Rescue


What You Will Need Before You Start:

  • Collection Containers

  • Volunteers To Sort & Count Coins and Bills

  • A Prize For The Winning Team! (ice cream, pizza party, pajama day etc.)

How to Play:

  1. Divide students into teams (teams can be by class, grade, etc.).
  2. Each team places their coin collection container in a highly visible area.
  3. To earn positive points for their team, students can put pennies and dollar bills in their containers.
  4. To take points away from their competitors, students can put silver and dollar coins in other teams’ containers.

*Tip: Prior to playing, have a discussion with your students about the importance of good sportsmanship and how to be competitive in a positive way.

How the Winner is Decided:

  1. At the end of the competition, volunteers will sort and count pennies, dollar bills, silver coins and dollar coins from each team.
  2. The total pennies and dollar bills represent each team’s “Positive” Points.
  3. The total silver and dollar coins represent each team’s “Negative” Points.
  4. Subtract the Negative Points from the Positive Points to determine each team’s final score.

The team with the highest score wins!

Things to keep in mind:

  1. Before bringing the collected coins to your local bank, make sure the bank will exchange the coins for free. If not, you may have to roll the coins to avoid a service fee. So, you might want to buy a bag of coin wrappers off Amazon just to be safe.
  2. After depositing the money into an account, make your check payable to: Pilots To The Rescue

Pennies for Pets

Watch Cambridge School’s Rescue Mission:

If you have any questions about how to run the competition, please feel free to contact Christina O’Brien from Cambridge School at or 908-208-0257

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