September 16, 2014

SSCS donates to Wertz Warriors for Special Olympics

By Kevin Bunch
Staff Writer | news@arenacindependent.com
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STANDISH – Standish-Sterling Community Schools is supporting the Wertz Warriors and the Special Olympics Michigan winter games for the second year in a row.

Combined, the school district raised a total of $1,611.51 for the Warriors through penny drives in the classrooms.

“I’m proud of them, considering the financial situation in the area,” said Wertz Warriors spokesman Jack Irving.

Irving said the Wertz Warriors, having successfully raised money with other school districts, approached SSCS school principals about holding a penny drive with the students, which led to coin jars being brought into classrooms for students to drop “pennies, nickels, and dimes” into.

In return, Irving offered the classrooms that raised the most in each school a pizza party in early December.

The $1,611.51 total surpasses the amount raised by the district last year by roughly $150.

Sterling Elementary raised $211.44, Standish Elementary raised $272.23, Standish-Sterling Middle School raised $453.37, and Standish-Sterling High School raised $684.42.

The money raised by SSCS and other groups and activities, such as golf outings, will be presented to the Wertz Warriors Sunday, Feb. 5 at MJ’s Bar in Sterling.

The Wertz Warriors were founded by former Detroit Tiger Vic Wertz to fund the Special Olympics Michigan winter games. The group consists of approximately 70 snowmobile riders and 30 support crew, Irving said, who ride 900 miles across the state of Michigan from Chesterfield to Petoskey from Feb. 5 to Feb. 11 for charity.

Since the group’s inception in 1982, Wertz Warriors have raised $8.5 million for Special Olympics. Irving said the group is trying to raise $250,000 statewide this year, though it is not a set goal.

“The more we get, the better we are,” he said.

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