Million Penny Project

January 7, 2012 6:16:49 AM PST
Daystar School, a private faith-based school in the South Loop, is teaching kids right now that a penny saved is knowledge earned.

Its "Million Penny Project" launched in January 2011, and so far, students have collected more than 521,795 pennies. Criseyda Dowd, Daystar's development associate, and Nick Santana, a sixth-grader and vice president of the student council, came into our ABC7 studio to tell us all about the project.

Collection jars were distributed to families and are being placed in homes of friends and relatives as well as in work places and local businesses. The project is designed as a fundraiser, but also as a learning opportunity. Students refine their skills in math, the history of American money, economics, and much more.

Upon reaching the 1,000,000 penny goal, the school plans to celebrate with families and community members. A portion of the money raised will be donated to a charity of the student body's choosing.

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