BALLSTON SPA — Students in the Ballston Spa Central School District will gather up pennies in the coming weeks as part of the annual SEFCU Penny Harvest program.
The schools will hold various activities to gather the pennies which will then be collected by the SEFCU mobile branch on Dec. 4.
Over the last 10 years students have collected and successfully donated $89,747 to local nonprofit organizations through participation in the Penny Harvest program.
The Penny Harvest student leaders in each school are responsible for researching local community issues and nonprofit organizations before deciding how their funds could be used to further support these causes.
The annual SEFCU Penny Harvest is implemented in kindergarten through 12th grade and has proven to be successful in educating students in service learning and financial literacy. This program teaches students about the importance of philanthropy and service as well as teaching math, communication, and team building skills.
The program begins in the fall of each school year and monetary awards are presented to the local charities in May.
Students collected more than $9,400 in pennies during the fall 2017 harvest and donated the funds to eight local nonprofit organizations.
The district is grateful to SEFCU for sponsoring the program and processing more than 940,000 pennies.
The awards for 2019 will be presented at a ceremony on May 21, 2019 at Ballston Spa High School.
For more information, visit the school websites or contact the BSCSD Office of District Advancement at 518-884-7195.