Penny Har­vest be­gins

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS -

BALL­STON SPA, N.Y. » The an­nual har­vest­ing of pen­nies, as well as as­sorted coins, has be­gun in the Ball­ston Spa schools. Dur­ing the month of Novem­ber, stu­dents are col­lect­ing coins in all of the schools and par­tic­i­pat­ing in a va­ri­ety of events to raise funds to give back to the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Stu­dents have gath­ered and do­nated more than $80,300 through the pro­gram dur­ing the past 10 years. Last year, stu­dents specif­i­cally do­nated $7,242 in funds to eight lo­cal non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions dur­ing the district’s an­nual Penny Har­vest Cel­e­bra­tion that took place in May.

This year, more than 80 stu­dents were cho­sen as Penny Har­vest lead­ers in their re­spec­tive schools and are re­spon­si­ble for re­search­ing lo­cal com­mu­nity is­sues and non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions. Mem­bers of the stu­dent round­table in each school will then in­ter­view rep­re­sen­ta­tives from lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions and dis­cuss how their funds could be used to fur­ther sup­port these non-prof­its. The SEFCU Penny Har­vest is im­ple­mented in grades K-12, in all six school build­ings in the district, and has proven to be suc­cess­ful in ed­u­cat­ing stu­dents in ser­vice learn­ing, fi­nan­cial lit­er­acy, and 21st cen­tury learn­ing skills. This pro­gram teaches stu­dents about the im­por­tance of philanthropy and ser­vice as well as teach­ing math, com­mu­ni­ca­tion, and team build­ing skills.

The pro­gram, now in its eleventh year, is im­ple­mented in the fall of each school year and fund­ing pre­sented to lo­cal char­i­ties in May.

For more in­for­ma­tion, please visit the in­di­vid­ual Ball­ston Spa school web­sites or con­tact the BSCSD Of­fice of District Ad­vance­ment at (518) 884-7195, Ext. 1369.

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