Jefferson Middle School Raises $700 for School’s Comfort Dog

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Jefferson Middle School Student Council Co-Vice President Isabella Lisiciandro and Co-President Nilla Ecklof, Zoe Haskins, Dominic Weber and Jarren Cotter count pennies collected as part of the school's Penny Wars fundraiser.

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Jefferson Middle School students raised $700 through their annual Penny Wars for the special training their comfort dog, Coco, will need to work at the school. Seventh graders raised the most money, $250, and got to throw pies in their favorite staffs’ faces.

“It’s good to help the community. It’s special this year because we are helping to get Coco the training she needs to be the school comfort dog,” said Jefferson Student Council Co-Presidents and 8th graders, Nilla Ecklof and Mallory Atwater. “A lot of kids need some extra help in school to feel better and maybe Coco can help them feel better.”

Jefferson Middle School student, Marley Penhollow, gives School Counselor Kate Cusimano a Jefferson Middle School student, Marley Penhollow, gives School Counselor Kate Cusimano a pie to the face as part of the school’s Penny Wars fundraiser. pie to the face as part of the school’s Penny Wars fundraiser.

The Penny Wars raised $600 and the Student Council decided to round it up to $700. The students vote on where they would like the Penny Wars money to go each year. The Jefferson Student Council is active in donating money to their school and the community including: helping with Teacher Appreciation Week luncheon that the PTA puts on, holding a Valentines Day Flower Fundraiser, collecting $250 for a family who lost their house in a January fire, providing prizes for 1st through 3rd place talent show winners, donating $250 to the Jefferson Special Olympics, and helping to purchase new books for the Jefferson library and helping out the daily snack fund.

“COVID placed a lot of restrictions on us this past year. The Student Council Officers at Jefferson have really stepped up and stayed involved anyways,” said Jamie Sharpe, Jefferson Student Council advisor. “Zoom Student Council Meetings, Google Form Ballots, member surveys and Spending Proposals are now commonplace ways to conduct business. Co-Presidents Mallory Atwater and Nilla Ecklof plowed forward and kept involved and made things happen at Jefferson. Probably the biggest project they undertook, that impressed me the most, was taking on the Talent Show. They recruited our very gracious music teacher, Rachel Selice, to conduct months-long recruitment and practice regimens for our show this spring with hundreds casting ballots for our winning singer and guitar player Eddie Meyer!Nilla and Mallory have shown a professionalism beyond their years and I have been proud to work with them.”