Taylor County United Way recently concluded its local campaign by inviting area students to help place the final pieces on its “Tree Meter” at the corner of the courthouse. The local campaign exceeded its annual fund-raising goal with a grand total of $285,323. “The students’ efforts were awesome this year,” Campaign Associate Glenda Hamby said. “You might say that their campaign was ‘Change for Change,’ because most of what they raised was in pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters.” Perry Primary School (PPS) held a penny drive raising $623.81. Taylor County Elementary School (TCES) focused on nickels and dimes a day and raised $229.86. Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) had class competitions to see who could raise the most. The student council sponsored the event and the school raised $311.10. The Taylor County High School Student Council and class officers raised $500 in one day. The total raised by the campaigns was $1664.77. Shown above are: (on ladder, top to bottom) Graham Lynn and Naldrec Dixon; (front row, l to r) Kevin Kaden Clark, Colbi Bodiford, Tucker Wiles, Laney Cruce, Nytil Austin and PPS Principal Pam Padgett; (second row, l to r) Hamby, Co-Chair Mark Wentworth, TCES Vice Principal Sabrina Lytle, Skylar Albritton, David Porter, Jayden Morgan, Co-Chair Dick Jarvis, TCES Principal Shelly Strickland, Keon Irvin, Daniel Everett and TCMS Principal Kiki Puhl.