Penny Harvest Capital Region of NY
Make sure your child's school is a Penny Harvest school.
The Penny Harvest is all about connections, and this is the first one: students and their families connecting to neighbors. Your student and school are in a race to meet the 25-sack challenge! That’s 750 pounds of pennies they need to collect before Thanksgiving, and they need your help!
What is the Penny Harvest?
The Common Cents Penny Harvest grew from one child’s desire to feed the homeless in 1991. Since then children between the ages of four and 14 from New York City, Seattle and The Capital Region, NY, have been converting their natural compassion for others into action by collecting pennies and turning those pennies into grants for community organizations - $5.2 million in grants donated by children since 1991!
The Penny Harvest shows young people they have the ability to make the world a better place by introducing them to the power of philanthropy and service during their formative years. As children help others, they develop their generosity and moral character, and they learn through practice the skills and responsibilities of democratic participation.
During the 05/06 school year alone, almost a half million children from 770 New York City schools took part in the Penny Harvest, collecting nearly 190 tons of pennies or $655,508.54. After months of research and study, more than 7,000 children sitting on 521 Philanthropy Roundtables made 1,283 monetary grants to non-profits, such as women’s shelters, local hospitals for children and the elderly, community gardens and senior centers, and carried out 309 Neighborhood Service projects.
My Child’s School Does Not Currently Participate
If your child is missing out on all that the Penny Harvest has to offer, such as:
- Increased self-confidence
- An authentic sense of purpose
- A healthier sense of caring
- The development of superior leadership
- Communication and teamwork skills
- Academic learning
Contact your child’s school principal today and encourage him/her to register the school for the Penny Harvest. Make sure your child’s principal understands that the program is entirely FREE and getting involved only takes a few simple steps.
My Child is a Penny Harvest Leader
Congratulations! Your child is enjoying a unique leadership opportunity! Click here for the Penny Harvest Leader Permission Slip and read on to learn how you can harvest together.