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"Penny Wars" challenging Albert Lea High School


ALBERT LEA, Minn. (KTTC) -- While many kids are thinking about all the candy they'll be collecting next week, some students in Albert Lea are focusing on people in the world who don't have enough to eat.

A sophomore at Albert Lea High School has spent the past week collecting money for a charity that helps distribute meals to hungry children around the world.

Jacob Jensen organized a "Penny War" to help collect spare change to benefit the "Feed My Starving Children" organization.

Jensen and his team of fellow students, set up team buckets to represent each grade.

Students and faculty put pennies in their team buckets to collect points and all other change in opponents buckets to deduct points.

The idea came about when Jacob was looking for a way to help feed the hungry.

"It's not fair that we can go to our fridge and eat whenever we want when there's people across the world that can't eat and haven't eaten," said Jensen. "And they say that 18,000 children die every day and I think it's up to us to fix that."

Jensen and his peers collected more than $380 in change and will also be packaging meals for the organization on December 1.

At last count, the senior class had lost the Penny Wars and the faculty won by collecting 5,429 pennies worth of points.

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