Nearly 3.8 Million Pennies Collected
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.
The Penny Harvest is a national program that
comes to fruition each fall when children scour
their neighborhood in search of pennies.
Collected pennies are tallied toward year’s end
with youthful philanthropy in full stride as
students select charities of their choice to
help with cash grants and services.
"We are blown away by this year’s results," said
Julie Carlton, Program Coordinator for the Young
Philanthropists Foundation’s Penny Harvest. "It
just goes to show you how powerful our pennies,
and our kids, can be when they work together."
According to Common Cents, the nonprofit
organization who started the Penny Harvest in
1991, $6.8 million in grants have been donated
by children since 1991. During 2007-2008, Penny
Harvest students collectively raised nearly
$800,000 in pennies.