When is a penny worth more than a
At Richland Creek Community Church in Wake Forest,
North Carolina, it was during the "Penny Race for Annie."
Church member Michelle Vetter tells how it happened:
"We placed large canning jars on a table. Each Sunday School class had a
designated jar, and we even included one for "pastor/staff." For four Sundays,
people were encouraged to come by and place pennies in their class jar. The
catch was that pennies were worth 1 point, but all other coins and currency
were worth negative points. Nickels are worth -5, dimes -10, quarters -25,
dollars -100, tens -1000, and so on. Since you want as many pennies as possible
in your own jar and lots of silver and paper in the other teams' jars, people
try to sabotage other classes by putting in silver and paper money in their
"The pastors/staff jar had something like -4000 points at the end of the race.
Really, everyone was in negative numbers by the end of the race, but really
that is good for the race, because the lower the numbers, the higher the
The penny race netted $500, in addition to other gifts to the