GATHERING PENNIES - Common Cents Curriculum
Your year-long philanthropic journey begins by organizing student leaders to mobilize the whole school to gather pennies. These funds fuel making grants in the Philanthropy Roundtable and taking action for Neighborhood Service.
Building a caring community begins at home and with neighbors, and continues throughout the school. Begin by engaging your colleagues, your student leaders, the entire student body and their families in the Penny Harvest.
For the Colorado Penny Harvest Curriculum, adapted by teachers and coaches participating in the program, contact Kelly Hayes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Quick Links for the Common Cents Curriculum Guide:
PH Leader Permission Slip to let families know about their child's honor
Dear Parent/Family Letter to let all families know about the Penny Harvest (available in 13 languages)
Wheel of Caring for all classrooms
Curriculum Connection: Dear Neighbor: We Need Your Pennies! for all classrooms
“Dear Neighbor” Letter for students to share with neighbors
“Dear Neighbor” Script for students to prepare for gathering pennies
Quick Links for the Alternative Curriculum Guide:
Student Leader Application for interested students to fill-out
Role of the Student Leader outlines the responsibilities and expectations of a Student Leader
Questions Frequently Asked by Penny Harvest Students a list of FAQs (along with answers) for coaches
Getting Everybody Involved
The Penny Harvest is for everyone—it’s a school wide program that involves every student in learning and harvesting. Motivating each student to gather pennies, implementing a Penny Olympics, advertising the Penny Harvest and sharing Curriculum Connections with all teachers allows each child to participate meaningfully— and of course, allows your school to accumulate enough pennies to beat the 25-sack challenge!