Cactus Canyon students hold coin drive for charity during book fair

Students at Cactus Canyon Junior High School801 W. Southern Ave. in Apache Junction, held a coin drive with Scholastic to earn books and donate to a charity of their choice.

The drive lasted two weeks in October. Scholastic matched the amount of money in books for the library and then donated an equal amount to a children’s charity. The coin drive made $82, which was donated to Toys for Tots and Kids in Distress.

“Whatever money was donated during the book fair coin drive Scholastic matches that amount in books to the school and then donates an equal amount to a children’s charity in CCJH’s name,” school librarian Jennifer Cameron said in a press release.

The motivation to get the students to donate was the prize. The winning class received a pizza party. The class that raised the most money was seventh-grade teacher Mrs. Fallon’s first hour.

Some kids claim that the motivation of the pizza party did encourage them to donate to the coin drive. Even though only one class could win, everyone who donated still got to help the school and charities.

“The fact that I could have a pizza party with my class sounded fun, so it encouraged me to donate,” eighth-grader Ashley Wood said.

The money not only helped the charities it was donated to, but helped the Cactus Canyon library get a bigger selection of books for the students. It could potentially get some more readers at the junior high and help the teachers by having their students always have a book.

“I can’t wait until the new books come in as it will give me something better to do in class, because it feels like I have already read all the books in the library,” Ashley said.

Editor’s note: Gracie Lentz is a student at Cactus Canyon Junior High.

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