"It is really an outstanding process that really teaches our students the value of giving funds and raising funds. It's wonderful, and we are so proud of our students," said Calhoun.
Calhoun said homerooms competed to see who could bring in the most pennies. The winner was David Swain's sixth grade class, which collected a total of 121 pounds of pennies.
Calhoun said the competition added to the enthusiasm of the students and talk about the process could be heard in the hallways, including conversations about different strategies for finding pennies.
"I called all my family members and asked them to mail me some pennies," said eighth grade student Clara Pinheiro.
Calhoun said the program is one he hopes to see again next year at the middle school.