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Literary Club Donates $500 from 'Penny Wars' Competition to Fulton Public Library

DATE: 04-07-2011

When is receiving a dollar worse than a penny?  When you’re in a Penny War.

Eight clubs at Cayuga Community College Fulton Campus accepted the Student Government Organization’s Penny War challenge to see which group could raise the most pennies for its designated charity or community organization. The contest began last fall and concluded April 7, with a presentation of $500 to the Fulton Public Library.

“Club members, along with the students and staff, tried to sabotage each other clubs, by putting silver and bills in each other's jars,” explained Tracy Elkin ’12, a liberal arts major and president of the Literary Club. “If you have $100 in pennies but the silver and bills total $55, then the overall total is $45. The club that has the most pennies wins.”

This year, the Literary Club won the war with a total of 24,350 pennies or $243.50 worth. But the real winner in the contest was the Fulton Public Library, who received a total of $500. The library intends to use the money to improve its large print and science fiction collections.

Participating College clubs included Phi Theta Kappa, Criminal Justice, Green Team, Gaming, Early Childhood, and Drama.   

 “We picked the Fulton Public Library to receive the money mainly because its budget has been cut over the last couple of years,” Elkin said.

Cayuga English Professor and Literary Club Co-Advisor Pat McCurdy said this event was just one of many that the club participates in or hosts every year. The club also brings in local authors to read from their works and talk with the 15-20 club members about their experience as writers, and club members choose a novel each semester to read and discuss.

This semester, the club also read Rent and attended the play at Syracuse Stage, according to McCurdy and Co-Advisor and Professor Paul Nolan.

“That was another great experience for our students,” McCurdy said.

The club is presenting a “Children’s Read” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 27 at the Fulton Campus Library, 806 W. Broadway St., Fulton. The event is open to children and their parents. Snacks will be served following the reading.

For more information, contact Pat McCurdy at

CAPTION: (From left to right) Cayuga Community College Professors and Literary Club Advisors Pat McCurdy and Paul Nolan, club members Michael Fochtman and Laura Kolanda, Fulton Library Representative Penny Kerfien, and club members Tracy Elkin and Anna Nicole Leiter. On April 7, representatives of Cayuga Community College Fulton Campus Literary Club presented Fulton Public Library with $500, which they raised during a “Penny Wars” competition between college student organizations last fall.