Tilden Elementary students raise money for Perry playground with Penny Wars

Submitted photo Principlas Dr. Shawn Gravish and Dr. Shawn Fitzpatrick serve lunch to the Tilden Elementary Center students.
Submitted photo Dr. Shawn Fitzpatrick dressed just a bit differently.

Tilden (and Perry) Elementary Center students recently participated in Penny Wars to help raise money for the soon-to-be Perry Elementary Center playground.

Unlike during the Hamburg Area Middle School Penny Wars, the students were not competing against each other in classrooms, but rather it was the Tilden Elementary Center principal Dr. Shawn Fitzpatrick competing against Perry Elementary Center principal Dr. Shawn Gravish. A total of $1,848.11 was raised by the students and the winner was Dr. Gravish.

As a result of the outcome, Dr. Fitzpatrick had to wear a dress as both principals helped serve lunch. The other consequences that the students came up with were duct taping, a human sundae and a pie throwing contest.

Perry (and Tilden) PTO has been raising money with various events over the past few years for the playground equipment at the new elementary center. The group is still short by $3,000 to $5,000 and hoping to reach their goal for the equipment. The community can donate to the cause by contacting Tara Green at taragreen@firstenergycorp.com or Shawn Gravish at shagra@hasdhawks.org or writing a check to Perry PTO Playground.


Once the equipment is ordered, delivered and ready to be built, the PTO will be looking for volunteers to participate in the community build of the new playground at Perry Elementary Center.

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Shea Singley

Shea Singley is the editor of The Hamburg Area Item. She grew up in Berks County and spent three years at the University of Arizona, Tucson, where she double majored in Creative Writing and English before transferring to Kutztown University where she majored in Professional Writing. Shea graduated from Kutztown University in 2012 and during that time completed an internship in the publication department of a non-profit organization in Washington, DC. She joined Berks-Mont Newspapers in March of 2013 and had enjoyed getting the chance to explore the Hamburg area and meet the readers. Reach the author at ssingley@berksmontnews.com or follow Shea on Twitter: @hamburgitem.