On Thursday, April 9, one of Small Steps Nurturing Center’s Kindergarten classes delivered a wagon full of pennies to Amegy Bank. The grand total was a wonderful $377.50 – which means that the students of Small Steps collected almost 38,000 pennies for children in Afghanistan through the Pennies for Peace program! (Please view our March 5 blog post for the story of how our students decided to become involved with Pennies for Peace.) The purchasing power of a penny means so much to someone in Central Asia: as the book Listen to the Wind explained it, a penny can purchase a pencil and a dollar can fund a child’s education for a month. The children truly grabbed hold of the concept and on Thursday, one of these Kindergarten students, Cristina, told her teacher, “I feel really great about collecting the pennies for Afghanistan. And I feel really happy so I can help with the schools and the school supplies for the children of Afghanistan.”
FOX News featured the Small Steps’ penny delivery story! The video is available to view here:
Denise Wilborn, Small Steps’ Kindergarten teacher whose students collected the pennies, asked the class for what reason they were collecting pennies and bringing them to a bank. They all chimed in together, “We are philanthropists!”
Denise also summed up the several-month-long project well: “This is a wonderful experience for the children. Through their effort, energy, and excitement they encouraged other Small Steps students and families to share, serving others in need. Listen to the Wind closes with these words: ‘We are the children of Korphe. Can you hear our voices?‘ The Small Steps students heard and responded. They are making a difference!”
To view more photos from Small Steps’ Pennies for Peace project, please visit our photo album. Additionally, an article on Small Steps’ Pennies for Peace project can be found in our Spring 2009 Newsletter.
Thank you to our students, families, and to the rest of our Small Steps community for supporting Small Steps’ Pennies for Peace project!
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