Two schools earn money for competition

Though Barnwell Primary officially beat Barnwell Elementary in a Goodwill donation drive, it proved to be a win-win situation for both schools.
Items were collected at a Goodwill donation bin at Barnwell Elementary over the course of several days. Donations will be sold at area Goodwill stores to provide education, work and career services free of charge to people in their 35-county service area, according to a press release.
"This was a great service learning project for the students at Barnwell Elementary and Primary schools, giving the children an opportunity to see the value in helping others through their donations to Goodwill," said Barry Paschal, senior director of marketing and communications for Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA.
Students in each class received donation tickets with their teacher's name, which were to be turned in with each donation. Approximately 165 tickets were turned in, representing donations ranging from single items to bags or boxes full of donations.
"It was a fierce competition between the two," said Nancy Browning, Goodwill's Volunteer Services Manager. Eighteen classrooms participated at BPS while 14 did at BES.
In the end, Barnwell Primary won the competition and $750 for having the most tickets turned in.
BPS Principal Donna Selvey thanked everyone for participating and said the money will be used to buy prizes for their Oct. 17 fall carnival plus other incentives to use in classes. She congratulated Missy Barker's special needs class - the school's smallest class - for having the most participation at BPS and winning $100 for supplies and a pizza party.
"I'm so excited and surprised. We don't usually win," said Barker. She thanked Crystal Sanders, a parent of one of her students, for taking charge of the competition for her class.
BES received $250 for their participation, which Principal Sherry McIver said will go to Kara Bolen's fifth grade class for having the highest participation at the school. The class also won a pizza party.
"I thank my parents and students for participating," said Bolen, who plans to purchase TIME for Kids magazine subscriptions for her students.
Both schools look forward to making this an annual tradition.