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A penny harvest toolkit for every class

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Coach: Julie Cavanagh
Coach Position: Special Education Teacher and Grant Coordinator
Coach Experience: 4 years
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Principal: Peggy Wyns Madison
Years as a SOE: 3
Student Leaders: Grades 4 and 5
Harvest Total: 10 sacks


Caption: Student leaders keeping track of the penny collections

Getting the entire school community involved in the Penny Harvest can be a challenge, but PS 15 created an effective method of getting everyone on board. Penny Harvest Coach Julie Cavanagh provided each class with a Penny Harvest Toolkit, which provided the materials each class needed to be part of the Penny Harvest and eliminated any confusion.

Within the Penny Harvest Toolkit, Coach Cavanagh included what she thought was the most relevant Penny Harvest curriculum connections for her school, in addition to the ones she created to enhance the idea of caring. Also in the toolkit were bags, stickers and an introductory letter about the Penny Harvest. Student leaders delivered the kit to every class and explained the Penny Harvest to the teacher and students while answering any questions. The student leaders would then challenge each class to meet at least a one sack goal, while reminding them that the class that collects the most pennies would receive a pizza party.

With the Penny Harvest Toolkit in hand, Coach Cavanagh writes, “Classes are expected in our building to participate in all aspects of Penny Harvest. Teachers utilize the curriculum connections packets to teach lessons from estimation to fables to vocabulary. Each class completes a brick for the Wall of Caring, and countless students can be seen tracking their progress in the Penny Harvest Graph between classes.”

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