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St. Mary's students raise money for one of their own 9with video)

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The table used to track the donations in the Money Wars at St. Mary's Catholic School. The event raised money for the Sue and Curt Pekarek family. Rae Yost/Stevens County Times2 / 3
Mikayla Mahoney, left, and Ella Anderson, are second-graders at St. Mary's who helped raise money for the family of a student in their class. all classes donated through an annual event called Money Wars. Rae Yost/Stevens County Times3 / 3

The second grade class at St. Mary's Catholic School in Morris knew one of their own was dealing with a sick mom.

This year, two students said the class was happy to help that student and her family with proceeds from the annual Money Wars conducted each fall.

"Every year we have Money Wars and we do it for a family, it doesn't have to be for somebody from school...," second-grader Mikayla Mahoney said.

But this year, the staff at St. Mary's chose to help a second-grader and her family. Sue and Curt Pekarek have a student in second grade. Sue Pekarek has pancreatic cancer.

"We do the Money Wars to raise as much money as we can," Mahoney said.

In Money Wars, grades compete to donate the most money each day and in total at the end of one school week.

"On Monday, it's pennies, on Tuesday, nickels, on Wednesday, it's dimes, Thursday is currency and on Friday you can bring anything you want," second-grader Ella Anderson said.

The second-grade class raised the most money at the K-6 school. The total amount raised was $2,550, the two students said.

"We give it to a bank and the bank puts in their (recipients) account and they can use it," Mahoney said.

"They can use it to pay bills," Anderson said.

The two students said it was exciting to watch the graph that tracked the progress of donations.

"It's a big marker board," Anderson said of the graph.

Students drop their money into a five gallon bucket. The donated amount is counted each day.

"I felt good," Anderson said of her class's donation and the overall total.

"It felt good but it wasn't about winning it was good to see how much we raised," Mahoney said.

Students could find donations by looking for loose change in the couch or taking money from their piggy banks or finding loose change in pocket, Anderson said. The two students said it didn't matter how much students could bring individually but that everyone was able to donate something.

"I would say that I'm really happy we all made an effort to raise up a ton of money," Mahoney said.

"I'm very happy we have this to put into the family (account). I'm just very, very proud," Anderson said of her fellow students.