These characters were competing in a Penny War last week at our school. Students and staff had the opportunity to vote for their favorite with spare change.
When the coins were counted and the totals figured, our small school had raised about $138 last week. At first I thought that was pretty good. Then I realized that averaged out to less than a dollar each for students and staff.
Holy, moly! The kids spend twice as much on the snack cart a couple of times a week. What's up with that?
The same week of the Penny Wars, one of the middle school classes was selling Halloween suckers for $1.00 a piece. I saw several students who had purchased three or more in one day.
I asked one of the Penny War organizers what the money was going toward. She said it hadn't been decided, but something for the school.
James is still learning the ropes at the small church where he started this summer. He shared that the kids's "noisy bucket" offering (pocket change only) raised over $600 in six weeks for Heifer International. Meanwhile, in recent months, the church has struggled to make payroll, and cover facilities and administrative costs.
Personally, I tend to be goal-oriented. Put a carrot out there, and I'll kill myself trying to reach it. (Actually, I frequently long to be more of a "go with the flow" kind of gal.) I thought about the Penny War and Heifer International. From my perspective, it seems having a target to shoot for tends to more effectively motivate us. Or at least having a target lets us know if we've hit the mark.
How about you? Are you more free-spirited or fully focused? Maybe you're both, depending on the circumstances. How do you know when you've reached your goal? What target have you aimed at lately?