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At the start of each academic year, the International School of Indiana (ISI) Timmy Club hosts an event to raise money for Timmy Global Health, a locally-based non-profit that supports the health and education of students in the Dominican Republic.
All ISI students are members of a different House - Bison, Cardinal, Pioneer, or Limestone. Each House competes against one another to collect the most money. The week-long event normally referred to as Penny Wars challenges students to donate more change than their peer Houses, the winner gaining bragging rights for the year to come.
However, the national coin-shortage caused the Timmy Club to re-think this year's event. Thanks to the students' International Baccalaureate backgrounds leading them to be open-minded, principled thinkers, they re-imagined the event, renaming it the Money Wars. Houses were instructed to bring in dollar bills to donate; each dollar equaling one point. And, students could even sabotage other House teams by bringing in larger dollar denominations. Dropping a $5 bill into an opponent's box would deduct 5 points from the team's total, for example.
"We had incredible success once again," Timmy Club Staff Coordinator Lanie Sinitsky said. "Even during the pandemic, an incredible $1,306.18 was raised in the Money Wars, which is the second-highest total ever raised."
"Our success was possible due to each and every participant. We are very excited to start the year with such a dedicated and giving group of students and supporters," Sinitsky said.