A statement from Teddy Gross, Executive Director of Common Cents, Responding to Mayor Bloomberg's Challenge to Involve all New Yorkers in Service.
I have seen how much money can be made by collecting coins, people put loose change into tins in shops, they may only put in a penny or two, but it all adds up. Even now when people will probably be more careful the loose change that they get at the till will be handed over.
Students from seven area elementary schools in the Columbus City and Worthington school districts are faced with an exciting challenge. They must now decide how to help their community by giving away over 1.5 million pennies.
Colorado students in 31 elementary, middle and high schools collected nearly 3.8 million in pennies, or $37,826.02, for local charities during the 18th annual Penny Harvest.
Denver, CO – Students from 31 Colorado elementary, middle and high schools have officially harvested 3.7 million pennies, or $37,826.02, for local charities through the Young Philanthropists Foundation’s 2008-2009 Penny Harvest.
DENVER - Students from 31 schools around Colorado are hoping to collect more than 2 million pennies for charity.
Two dozen third grade students from PS 199 stopped by the Penny Harvest office on a cold December morning to present Common Cents with a framed collage of their colorful reflections on what the Penny Harvest means to them.
Students from several local elementary schools gathered yesterday at Columbus' Devonshire Alternative Elementary to celebrate the philanthropic efforts of more than 3,000 central Ohio children.
Brooklyn, New York – Mother and daughter team Debra and Elizabeth Richardson “neighbor harvest” together, visiting families in their building to collect pennies for Common Cents’ Penny Harvest at M.S. 381, where Elizabeth is in the sixth grade.
Eagle Ridge Elementary School students are learning that every little bit counts when it comes to giving back to the community. On Nov. 11, the school held a kickoff assembly for the Penny Harvest program, encouraging students to collect pennies to contribute to the school's philanthropic fund.
Organized by PS 335’s Penny Harvest student leadership team named, “A Beautiful Spirit Philanthropy Roundtable,” and Penny Harvest Coach Cleo Jarvis, students organized an assembly to inspire the whole school to continue collecting pennies by telling the tale of Elgin, a young boy who saves a local playground from demolition by organizing a penny harvest and uniting his community. The play was based on Elgin’s Jar, a storybook written by Common Cents executive director, Teddy Gross.
Two years ago, fourth grader Jonathan Difo had his picture taken. That photo, snapped outside a Brooklyn food bank, ended up on tops of taxi cabs in New York and Las Vegas, printed on pamphlets mailed out nationally, and as the poster image for a national non-profit. All of a sudden, Jonathan was a little famous. Now, two years after Jonathan’s transformation, the photo became a defining image of both Common Cents and its corporate sponsor, Cole Haan. The photo was used in several promotional campaigns, including one where it was printed on the tops of taxi cabs. On Sept. 29, Common Cents visited P.S. 7 to present Jonathan with one of the taxi tops used in the campaign.
Election Day this year proved the perfect opportunity for many Penny Harvesters to engage their community members in donating their pennies in support of youth grant making and service. As voters showed up in record numbers to cast their ballots, Penny Harvesters joined them there to encourage voters to donate pennies for student directed charity.
Last week 58 schools in the area joined over 1,000 schools nationwide - and nearly 500,000 students - as they began scouring their homes and neighborhoods for idle pennies.
October 27, 2008 - Starting today, over 1,000 schools nationwide - and nearly 500,000 students - will be scouring their homes and neighborhoods for idle pennies. From now until Thanksgiving, students will go door-to-door with their parents asking neighbors to help them better their communities by donating spare change. During the next four weeks, millions of pennies will be collected by Penny Harvesters, and thousands of Penny Harvesters will connect with their communities.
In October, new and veteran Penny Harvest Coaches gathered for several Professional Development Training Sessions. Common Cents runs these sessions to train and prepare nearly 1,000 Coaches for the year ahead, and also to get valuable feedback and fresh opinions from the Coaches themselves.
You always hear us talk about the 500,000 students who participate in the Penny Harvest, but the unsung heroes of the program are the nearly 2,000 teachers and principals who bring the program to life in schools for these young children. On October 16th, Common Cents paid tribute to our Penny Harvest Coaches with a kick-off party. The party also served as a chance to celebrate the partnership between Common Cents and Cole Haan, our new corporate sponsor, and to honor members of the “decade club,”
Puget Soundkeeper Alliance Director Sue Joerger reflects on accepting a Penny Harvest Grant from Adams Elementary School.
Proving their compassion for animals, this was the second year in a row that PAWS received a grant from Brighton.
Who’s missing from Service Nation? A commentary from Teddy Gross, executive director of Common CentsSeptember 11, 2008
Tonight ServiceNation (a coalition of 110 organizations that has a collective reach of some 100 million Americans and is dedicated to strengthening our democracy and solving problems through civic engagement and service), kicks off a two day summit on service in New York City. Service-learning leaders from around the country will gather to consider a comprehensive approach to building a service movement. A publication, entitled Service Nation captures the organizers’ agenda and comprehensive approach to building a service movement in this country. As part of the ongoing planning process for this summit, Teddy Gross, executive director of Common Cents, has written a brief comment on one significant omission in the current plans: the service of children.
Over the weekend of August 22-24, nearly 200 Common Cents volunteers gathered at The School at Columbia to assemble 4,355 boxes of Penny Harvest program materials in preparation for the new school year. The kits included Penny Harvest curriculum, penny bags and the other materials needed by 500,000 students across the country for a successful Penny Harvest year.
Four-year-old Declan Inderbitzen's daddy won't be back from Iraq until next April, but thanks to some students from Canyon Creek Elementary School in the Cherry Creek School District, he has a reminder of his dad that he can hug, squeeze and take to bed. Through the Penny Harvest project, Canyon Creek students collected $1,250 worth of pennies, said Emily Gay, a Canyon Creek teacher who helped organize the project. "Penny Harvest shows students they have the ability to make the world a better place by introducing them to the power of philanthropy and service."
Six months ago, Thomas Neve was faced with a tough decision. Demand for Reaching Out Community Services, the food pantry he runs in Brooklyn, was at an all time high and their current location was getting cramped. He would either have to start turning people away or invest in a larger space. For an organization solely dependent on donations, this wasn’t an easy choice. But turning away clients wasn’t an option, so Thomas moved the Reaching Out facility and hoped for the best. Students from 12 Penny Harvest schools came to the rescue by donating enough money to keep Reaching Out open.
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“I learned that if you care enough about something, you can make a difference,” explains Justin, a Penny Harvest student leader from PS48 when asked what he learned most from his participation on a Philanthropy Roundtable. On May 6th, Justin joined 250 of his peers from schools across Staten Island at a borough-wide event celebrating the difference each of them have made in their community this year.