2006-11-24 / Community

PS 215 Students Collect For Penny Harvest

Student leader Jonathan Fiallos helps graph the number of money bags collected at the school.
Student leader Jonathan Fiallos helps graph the number of money bags collected at the school. Students at PS 215Q in Far Rockaway are busy collecting and weighing pennies as they participate in this year's Penny Harvest. Students are engaged to understand the importance of their work, why it's done, and to help others.

The lesson teaches them the value of service learning in relation to their regular studies; they are making a connection between their studies and a better life.

In New York City alone, from 2005-2006, more than half a million students took part in the Penny Harvest, collecting nearly 20 tons of pennies, totaling $655,508.54. More than 7,000 student leaders worked hard to decide how to use the money to make positive changes in their local communities.

The Penny Harvest grew from the desire of one child, the founder's daughter, to feed the homeless, and for the last 15 years, thousands of children between the ages of four and 14 have been going door to door collecting pennies and turning those pennies into grants to community groups.

Pictured: PS 215Q student leaders weigh pennies. From left to right: Carlethia Arthur, Roxanne Ventura, Jae Daniels and Naudia Arkward.
Pictured: PS 215Q student leaders weigh pennies. From left to right: Carlethia Arthur, Roxanne Ventura, Jae Daniels and Naudia Arkward. Every penny- and every dollar- the child collect is theirs to give to the needy.


Kareen Porter, at right, places a 30-pound bag of pennies she weighed with other student leaders into the penny collection.
Kareen Porter, at right, places a 30-pound bag of pennies she weighed with other student leaders into the penny collection. Left to right: Kareen Porter, Marcus Skinner, Savannah Looman, Elizabeth Charles, Alec Halliday and Chris-L Bacchus. To date, over $1,000 in pennies has been collected at PS 215.
Left to right: Kareen Porter, Marcus Skinner, Savannah Looman, Elizabeth Charles, Alec Halliday and Chris-L Bacchus. To date, over $1,000 in pennies has been collected at PS 215.

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