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Brooke Intermediate North donates to St. Anthony Church

CHECK PRESENTED TO CHURCH — Students, staff and faculty of Brooke Intermediate North presented St. Anthony Church with a check on Thursday for more than $1,500. Shown are, from left, front row, third-graders Taylor McLaughlin, Hanah Shaffer and Morgan Liggitt. Back row, Penny Frohnapfel, Secretary of Brooke Intermediate North; Assistant Principal Michalene Mills; John Cipriani of St. Anthony Church; Margaret Provenzano, school cook; Nancy Deters of St. Anthony Church; Tina Bash of St. Anthony Church; Linda Cipriani of St. Anthony Church; Joanie Lazear of St. Anthony Church; Jim McFadden of St. Anthony Church; third-grade teacher Jessica Lyle; Janet Benzo of St. Anthony Church; Janet McFadden of St. Anthony Church; and Principal Nadine Sweda. -- Taryn Linder

FOLLANSBEE –Brooke Intermediate North donated $1,674 to St. Anthony Church, Thursday.

Raised from a penny war, the donated money will be used by St. Anthony’s “Friday Friends,” to go toward food bags on Fridays for students in need.

The penny war is a fundraising competition where classrooms collect coins and bills in an effort to score points based on the amount collected. Each classroom had a bucket for collecting the money. For the purpose of the competition, pennies are worth points, while silver coins and dollars are worth negative points.

At the end of each day, a classroom was announced as the winner.

“Everyone would want to beat the winner,” said Brooke Intermediate North Principal Nadine Sweda. “Every day, more and more money was raised.”

Nancy Deters from St. Anthony Church said the “Friday Friends” are thrilled with the donation.

“Our funds are all donations from the parish,” said Deters. “We couldn’t do what we do without the people of the parish, but the monthly collections only goes so far. We are thrilled to receive a donation of this amount.”

“Friday Friends” meet every Wednesday to fill 53-bags of lunches for students to have on Friday.

“We love doing it and love being connected with Brooke Intermediate North,” said Deters.

Sweda called the relationship a “true partnership.”

“Other organizations, whether religious or business, should look into a partnership with their local school,” said Sweda. “We pass out 45 bags every Friday.”

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