Padua collected $2,879 for the needy this week during our annual Coin Wars competition. One-hundred percent of the proceeds will be going to a number of charities, including homeless shelters, local food pantries and many other worthy causes.
Classes competed against each other to raise the most money, however the competition was different this year, due to COVID-19 limitations. Students dropped coins and cash into jars in our General Office. The jars were also wheeled on a flatbed through the Cafeteria during lunch periods.
Students brought bags full of coins and cash they saved or collected from loved ones throughout the year. The senior class collected the most coins for charity, but they also had the most paper money counting against them. This year, the junior class won!
Christmas For Others is the largest student-run fundraiser in Northeast Ohio. It is a program designed to make the holidays brighter for the less fortunate. Coin Wars is just one of the many events we do during the month of December. In addition to the $2,879 from Coin Wars, our school is raising thousands of dollars for the needy by selling dress down day passes, holding candy and ice cream sales, plus other contests and fundraisers. Students also collect hundreds of items (food, clothing and toys) for the underprivileged. This year, donations will be distributed to dozens of worthy causes next week.
For 49 years, the Padua community has come together in the Franciscan spirit of giving. Since its inception in 1971, CFO has raised roughly $500,000 for charity. CFO is the largest student-run fundraiser in Northeast Ohio. It is sponsored, organized and operated by the students, under the direction of Padua’s Key (Kiwanis) Club.