WARREN, NJ - The Central School Student Leaders and Central School PTO hosted Penny Wars from January 11 through January 18 to benefit the Somerset Regional Animal Shelter.  This particular charity was selected because the Student Leaders are passionate about helping animals in need of finding their forever homes. 


Students were eager to participate in Penny Wars after the event was kicked off on Friday, January 11 with a pep rally and surprise slideshow displaying photographs of students and school staff with their own pets.  Ms. Pech, Central School Counselor and the Student Leaders choreographed a dance to “Who Let the Dogs Out” and taught it to the entire school. Mascot Baldwin even showed up to show off his moves!


During the weeklong event, all grade levels competed in spirit days and a penny collection to win the most points. Students were excited to view the Penny Wars chart that showcased the leading teams.  

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At the conclusion of the event, the grade 2 team finished with the most points and as a result will be able to vote on the name of the first dog that will live in the Central School Kennel, located within the Somerset Regional Animal Shelter.  A total of $1,074 was raised by Central school, these funds will help support the shelter for a year!


“We are thrilled to be able to provide a safe, temporary home for a dog until he or she finds his or her forever home” - Ms. Pech. 


Photos courtesy of Warren Township Schools:


Picture 1. Clarissa Kwan, grade 5, counting pennies.

Picture 2. Jason Bellovin, grade 5, counting pennies.

Picture 3. Angelina Huang & Alexander Cai, grade 5 students, counting pennies.​

Picture 4. MacKenzie Linton & Madison Smith, Kindergarten students making a donation.

Picture 5. Ms. Pech speaking during the pep rally.

Picture 6. Sophia Ulsaker & Juliana Battista, grade 2 students making a donation.