Students from Buffalo Trail Elementary, Challenge School, Cottonwood Creek Elementary and High Plains Elementary participated in last year’s Penny Harvest and helped to collect 6 million pennies!
The Penny Harvest is a year-long service learning program designed to teach kids about their value as contributors to society. Each fall students gather idle pennies from friends and neighbors in their communities. Every penny the children collect is theirs to give away to charities of their choice in an educational group process that involves both grant-making and service throughout the year. Student donations and service hours will help hundreds of local and global charities and at the same time build skills and values that will last a lifetime.
Cherry Creek schools gathered enough pennies in the fall for a collective budget of $4,475 to grant to organizations they researched, interviewed and ultimately chose out of the hundreds in Colorado. This year’s grant recipients from Cherry Creek schools were:
• TAPS - $175
• The Gathering Place - $250
• Service Project for the Ronald McDonald House- $200
• Volunteers of America – Brandon Center - $600
• The Children’s Hospital Foundation - $500
• Max Fund - $500
• Big Dogs, Huge Paws - $400
• American Red Cross – Mile High Chapter - $600
• Hannah’s Hope Fund - $400
• Service Project for Aurora Animal Shelter - $200
• Dumb Friends League - $250
• Wish - $400
Schools across the greater Front Range are participating in this year’s Penny Harvest from districts including Denver Public Schools, Aurora Public Schools, Jefferson County, Adams County, Douglas County, Littleton Public Schools, Cherry Creek Schools, and St. Vrain Valley School District.
Founded in 1991, the Penny Harvest is now the largest youth philanthropy program in the country, serving more than 500,000 students annually in more than 1,000 schools nationwide. In the past 20 years, children participating in the Penny Harvest have given away $8.6 million, awarded more than 20,000 grants and contributed over 40 million service hours to their local communities.