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In Our Schools Today

20 Tons of Pennies for 9/11 Memorial

Heeding a call from Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott to help students build a meaningful and lasting connection to the new 9/11 Memorial and Museum, students from around New York City recycled more than 20 tons of pennies, over $60,000, to contribute to the Memorial and Museum. The students asked that the funds be used to maintain the Survivor Tree, which is a pear tree that was pulled from the rubble of the World Trade Center and nursed back to health. The money will also go towards providing educational programming for students at the Memorial and Museum.

Common Cents, through its signature program the Penny Harvest, organized the fundraiser. To commemorate the eleventh anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks the organization has released a book called The 9.12 Book: Penny Harvest Students Reflect & Make A Difference to Honor September 11.

Common Cents works closely with the NYC Department of Education and the September 11 Memorial and Museum to develop service-based experiences that resonate meaningfully for the current generation of New York City’s students, some of whom had not yet even been born when the attacks took place.

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