Students in the Teen Outreach Program (TOP) at Lenihan Intermediate School donated a total of $516.50 to the House of Compassion and the Animal Rescue League on January 23.
The TOP students organized a penny war with their fellow sixth grade students to raise the money. TOP is led by Jana Larsen and Amy Robak of Mid-Iowa Community Action and Lenihan physical education teacher Casey Moberly.
“They raised quite a bit,” Larsen said. “We were really excited.”
TOP meets weekly at the school and teaches skill building, community service learning, self esteem building and other qualities to the students.
The money was split so the House of Compassion shelter and ARL each received $258.25.