The Great Penny Conflict involved the 27 "star bases" of CMS (grades 5-8) bringing coins to school competing for the highest points. Myla Stoneking's class finished first, Tara Dunn's class 2nd and Barbara Kratz' group third. Diane Rochleau's class received honorable mention for high scoring in several categories and fourth overall, and Craig Tillotson's for collecting the most pennies and the highest dollar total.
The scoring competition involved each room receiving one point for each penny and minus points for coins and paper money, so students brought pennies for their own jar and other coins for the jars of their competition.
Students competed for passes to the new aquatic center when it opens in 2007 with all proceeds of the penny conflict going to support the aquatic center fund drive.
"These young folks should be proud of what they have accomplished" said John Cook of the aquatic center board. "In ten days of collecting, they have raised $1,381 for the aquatic center ñ earning the students of CMS a brick in the 'Wall of Pride'. There are also a lot of caring parents and grandparents who cleared every drawer, every pocket, every purse of coins to help these young folks collect almost 75,000 pennies in the process."