R/W Week 2019: Penny war recap


Zoe Paige

Every year before Red/White Week, Manual’s executive council comes together to host the penny war. This year, executive council hosted it three weeks before Red/White Week from Oct. 7 to Oct. 11.

All the proceeds from the penny war were donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

“The penny war is basically people voting on which themes they want for Red/White Week,” Emma Keeling (12, HSU), a member of executive council, said. “Pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters are all positive points, and dollar bills, fives, tens, ones, twenties are all negative points.”

Executive Council members set up tables outside of the freshman and senior cafeterias, where students came to drop off change and bills to either support or oppose certain themes.

The tables were open for voting every day during all five lunches during the week. 

The penny war theme ideas were a mix of choices from executive council members and suggestions from an input box on the executive council Instagram page where Manual students can go to write in theme ideas they are passionate or excited about.

Students from every grade level came to show support for their favorite themes and to oppose the ones they didn’t like. 

The penny war not only helped choose themes for the first three days of the week, it also worked to bring the school together to support charity.