In 1991, a 4-year-old girl named Nora asked the question, “How can I, a child with so few resources, make the world a better place?” Her answer was to collect pennies and donate them to the homeless man in her neighborhood. But she didn’t stop there. She and her father started an organization called Common Cents to spread the word about ways kids can make a difference just by collecting and donating their pennies.
In 2010, students across the country collectively raised an astonishing $756,273.19 in pennies. They used the money to help local places like animal shelters, senior centers, and neighborhood gardens.
No child or penny is too small to make a difference. Every single one counts. You probably have some extra pennies lying around right now. Like Nora, you can create your own “Penny Harvest” by collecting pennies for a charity that is important to you. Maybe you can start a Penny Harvest club at school and get everyone involved!
You don’t need to have a lot of money or be a grown-up to make the world a better place. All it takes is one kid collecting pennies. What do you think? Are you ready to start collecting?
—Amanda, STACKS Intern