AUGUSTA — Students at Augusta Independent School worked recently to raise money for victims and families affected by the Marshall County High School shooting.
According to AIS Superintendent Lisa McCane, the “penny war” was a community service learning project and was conducted by the superintendent’s advisory council.
“The penny drive raised a total of $710 and the winning class selected three teachers to pie in the face,” McCane said. “The second and third place classes selected one teacher each.”
According to McCane, the 11th-grade class raised $162.56, the first-grade class raised $153.97 and the kindergarten class raised $121.62.
McCane said she was proud of the students for their efforts.
“I am proud of our high school students and the work they’ve done to raise money for the families and victims after the tragedy in Marshall County,” she said. “These students have brought awareness to school violence and committed to being a trusted friend to all students in our school. That speaks volumes about their character and compassion to help others.”
McCane said the advisory council also started a trusted friend initiative, where students have a “go to” person whenever they feel they need to talk to someone. One student from the advisory council was designated to every kindergarten through 12th-grade class.
According to McCane a “trusted friend” is someone who “will make time to talk one-on-one at school, outside of school, on the phone or online. Someone who students can talk to if you feel frustrated, lonely, scared, depressed, anger, grief, guilt, despair, envy. Every student in the building will have someone they can talk to for any reason.”