BALLSTON SPA — Students throughout the Ballston Spa Central School District completed their annual penny collection, or harvest, this past fall and will present more than $6,600 in grants to community groups at a ceremony in the spring.
Each of the six schools collected pennies and other cash donations as part of the district’s service learning initiative that teaches youth to give back to their local community. BSCSD students at all six schools have formed roundtables where they work as a group to learn what the community’s needs are, discuss issues and select recipients of the funds collected in their respective schools.
With this year’s amount, the eight year total adds up to more than $73,000. After interviewing local charities during the coming months, the students will present their grants to groups at a ceremony at 6:15 p.m. May 17, 2016, in the Ballston Spa High School auditorium.
The district remains committed to teaching BSCSD students the importance of service learning and community service throughout the entire school year. Many more opportunities exist for students to learn the importance of giving back through community outreach events grounded in financial literacy and through the harvest that will award funding to local nonprofit organizations in May.
District partner SEFCU is the new sponsor of the program and also offered to process the coins in early December. For information, visit the individual school websites or contact the BSCSD Office of District Advancement at (518)884-7195, ext. 1369.