Third grade teacher Tracey Mott decided to make her Landmark Education Self-Expression project be something that would directly impact her students, as well as the lives of students around the world. She decided to bring the “Pennies for Peace” program to the Hickory Grove Elementary School where she works.
Pennies for Peace is a program that inspires students to get involved in making a difference by collecting pennies to build schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Pennies may not seem like a lot, but they add up, and besides, they enable children without access to much money to gain the experience of contributing and making a difference.
“The [program] teaches children the rewards of sharing and working together to bring educational opportunities to less fortunate children,” remarked another teacher.
Despite a rainy day, Hickory Grove students went out on May 8 and collected change from the car line at the school. Through the May 8 work and other penny collection efforts, the students have so far raised more than $1,000 for these schools in need. Two local television stations covered the children’s remarkable efforts. The plan is to continue to collect money until the end of the year.
To read more about the national program, go to the Pennies for Peace website.