Mrs. Samantha Hamill’s fourth grade class, also know as Team 126, held its annual Opinion Writing Penny War. Two teams of students competed to raise the most money. It was boys vs. girls with each team racing to fill their bucket with pennies. While they were collecting coins, each student did research and wrote an opinion essay nominating a specific charity to receive the money. Their goal was to convince their classmates to vote for their charity. After their essays were complete, each student read their essay to the class. Then each student voted on which charity should receive the money. The boys’ team collected the most pennies; a total of 6,080 pennies. However, the class voted for a girl’s charity to receive Team 126’s donation of $95.23. This student wrote about Alex’s Lemonade Stand, a Foundation for Childhood Cancer. She presented her essay to the class with a ton of enthusiasm and it was not only informative, but also very entertaining. She went above and beyond by also designing a poster to go with her opinion piece. While presenting, this student handed out lemonade and lemon cookies to spice up her presentation!