Local fifth grade students collect pennies for peace

Pennies don't buy much in the USA, but in the villages of Pakistan and Afghanistan a penny pays for one pencil, $600 pays for one teacher's annual salary and $5,000 supports an existing school for one year.

Minerva students are truly invested in helping children, who are just like them and live oceans away.

"It is terrible. We have a great education and they don't have anything," said Drew Deshetsky.

The Pennies for Peace program boasts a goal of encouraging children, who are ultimately our future leaders, to learn the value of philanthropy by collecting pennies for global peace.

"It was so sad to read that they don't have homes and have to sit in the dirt," said Jesse Moulton.

Gereau's class will collect pennies until January and hopes to get the entire elementary school involved in their efforts. The students will take a field trip to the bank to cash in their donation.

"Our money should go towards school supplies and new books for a good education," said Sara-Paige Hodges.

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