Penny Drive

Are you interested in hosting a Penny Drive in order to raise funds for the Jack C. Jordan Scholarship?

There are countlsess ideas out there but here are some fun ones:

  • Penny War: Separate by grade and create a point system for money raised. Pennies and bills add points, where nickels, dimes, quarters subtract points. The winning grade gets an incentive.
  • May the Pies be forever in your favor: This can be done with teachers, or admins. Students donate money to the person they would like to see get pied in the face. This can be done on the morning video announcements, if your campus has them, or as an assembly, or any other way you choose. 
  • Dunk your Teacher: This is perfect for those who host any festival/event where a dunking booth can be brought in. Students donate money to the teacher/person they would like to see get dunked. 
  • Slime the Principals: Separate by grades, or classes, and the winning team gets to slime the principals. Can also be silly string, color powder, etc.
  • Have a penny drive idea you want to share!? Please send us an email at

A Letter from our Committee Chair:

The Northside ISD Council of PTAs awards scholarships yearly to an
outstanding graduating senior from each NISD high school through the Jack C.
Jordan Scholarship Fund. Every year, Northside ISD Council of PTAs collects
donations in support of the scholarship fund, and for many years local PTAs
have conducted penny drives to build their donations. All donations received
go directly to the scholars of the Jack C. Jordan Scholarship.

PTAs may conduct a penny drive at any time during the school year and in any
manner best suited to your campus. Pennies, as well as other coins and
currency, are collected to help fund their donation. Penny drives also count as
a program and can be included in your campuses yearly program list. Having a
Spirit Night at a restaurant has also become a popular way of raising funds for
donating to the scholarship. PTAs may also make a direct donation in lieu of a
penny drive or other event. The scholarship fund relies on donations from the
local PTAs, so support from each PTA is key to the success of the fund.

Last year, 88% of NISD PTAs participated, and contributions totaled just over
$17,500! With all the changes that we went through last year, this amount
was such an achievement. Thank you! This year, with Northside now
reunited, we hope to have 100% participation with donations contributed by
all 114 local PTAs. In order to continue to fund our scholarship, we need to
raise $20,000 each year. We encourage all PTAs to help us reach our goal.
If your PTA has not donated in the past and is looking for a simple way to get
started, consider designating a portion of your planned fundraising profit as
your donation. Try having a “Spare Change” drive for a day or two. Have
students bring or ask their parents for spare change when they leave the house
or at student drop-off. Make sure to have collection buckets available in the
student waiting areas for them to leave their donation.

Click here for instructions on how and where to deposit your donations and for
information on “Who is Jack C. Jordan?” and why he is the very deserving
namesake of our scholarship.

On behalf of the Jack C. Jordan Scholarship Committee, I thank you for your
support and for helping the students of Northside ISD fulfill their dreams of
continuing with their education. Please feel free to contact me if you have

Catherine Lazo