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Roundtable Meeting

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Gather Pennies
Each October and November, the actual collection of pennies serves as a catalyst for new relationships and new roles. Most importantly, children between the ages of four and 14 connect with their parents, friends, neighbors and local businesses as they go door to door in search of pennies, and the harvest encourages neighbors of all types and generations to talk and share and ultimately coalesce as a stronger community.

Young people also bond with their peers as the Penny Harvest involves the entire student body. Through activities like penny rallies and Wheel of Caring assemblies, students, teachers, parents and staff join forces for one common goal: beating the “25 Sack Challenge.” (Each school strives to fill 25 sacks of pennies–750 pounds!)

“The Penny Harvest takes place early in the year and helps foster school spirit, a positive atmosphere, improved community relations and favorable publicity,” said Principal Robert Guzzio of PS 14 in the Bronx. “The program develops a commitment to community, self-worth and a caring attitude among students.”

Many youngsters find themselves taking part in group activities and even transforming into leaders for the first time as they get caught up in the thrill of the harvest. Diane Gonzalez, a teacher at PS 94, said “Everyone participated. Even students with speech problems were speaking and interacting, giving presentations and making phone calls!”

To encourage participation, student leaders make PA announcements, create and decorate bulletin boards, rally individual classes and lead assemblies, while teachers take advantage of our highly-regarded curriculum–a tool that allows them to easily integrate the principles and actions of the Penny Harvest with subjects as diverse as language arts, science, math and music.

One parent said, “It was without a doubt the best thing my son did all year … out of all of the classes and school assignments, he got the most out of the Penny Harvest.”

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Make Grants

The Philanthropy Roundtable makes the Penny Harvest distinctive among service-learning programs and repeatedly proves itself engaging for students of all ages by giving them the power and the freedom to decide how to spend the harvest funds. In brief, young people form Philanthropy Roundtables to study community problems and to determine which organizations can best alleviate those problems, and then they make cash grants to those organizations with the pennies they had collected earlier.

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Take Action
Students conceive and plan their own Neighborhood Service projects–from revitalizing public gardens to teaching English to immigrants, and they often partner with experienced neighborhood groups to learn more about complex community problems and how to work together to solve them.

March 22 Agenda

One comment

  1. Today we had our meeting during 7th period.
    Danny
    Frank
    Jonathan
    Justin
    Chanelle
    Zhane
    Giovanni
    Erik
    Stefan
    Demetrius
    Malakhi
    Antonio
    Casseem
    Kasim
    Joseph
    Stephen
    Mr. Green
    Miss Christina
    Miss Roche
    We talked about philanthropy.
    We talked about global concerns.
    We talked about collaboration.
    We talked about decision making.
    Next meeting we will choose a name for the roundtable. All classes should give suggestions.
    Poster contest for all classes as a group or individually.
    Peace out!



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