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Collecting pennies to give to the food pantry during the penny war competition are students in Kirk Gednalske's TA (homeroom) Nevaeh Peterson (left) and Bobby Tulgren (right). Student TA groups competed against one another for a shot to play Battle Ball against the teachers and staff. TA's with the most pennies are: Grade 6, Bryant and Lockie; Grade 7, Zuber and Pearson; and Grade 8, Cox and Bazey. Submitted photos

Compassion rewarded with competition

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To celebrate raising $3,142.05 during the 'Penny War' competition, where students brought in pennies to give to the River Falls Community Food Pantry and the donation of 1,575 pounds of food and household items, Meyer Middle School students played a tough game of Battle Ball against the teachers. Pictured on the teachers' teams is, from left: Paul Meyer, Bernie Zuber, John Witt, Kevin Dorn, Rick Cleary, Jenny Luedtke, Rich Hudacek, Melissa Moser, Rita Thorson, and Willow Anderson.

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Jillian Dexheimer
Jillian Dexheimer has been a copy editor and reporter for the River Falls Journal since 2011. She previously worked for the River Falls Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau. Dexheimer holds a sociology degree from UW-River Falls.
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