Rutherford’s Penny Wars for Paws Is Something to Bark About
Wow. Or maybe, bow wow. That’s all anyone can say about Rutherford Elementary’s first ever penny wars contest. Each year, the school counselor helps coordinate some sort of compassion project for students to participate in without any thought of a reward in return. This year, the Behavior Committee, along with Student Council input, decided to help the Harrisburg Area Humane Society. While most kids and families love pets and animals, Rutherford has a special connection as some therapy dogs come to school to help children read. In addition, one of our staff members has a trained reading dog that students from all over the area can read to at the East Short Library behind the Colonial Park Mall. That program is called Paws to Read. So for a whole week students brought pennies and silver coins as part of the penny wars contest system that has become popular across the country. And so how much loose change did Rutherford students bring in in just five short days? How does $455 sound? That’s right and it’s not a misprint. So area dogs, cats and other abandoned or abused pets in our area might sleep a little better knowing their human companions are showing them compassion as well as thanks for all they do for us.