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I.S. 211 coins put to work fighting cancer

A simple copper coin morphed into a powerful tool for youth action and service – plus an impressive pot of gold – when Intermediate School 211 presented the fruits of its Penny Harvest fundraising labors to an organization which helps the needy.

Students and staff members presented a check for $1,000 to a representative from the Have a Heart Children’s Cancer Society during a ceremony at the school, 1001 East 100th Street.

The students were part of a national collective of beneficiaries, comprised of tens of thousands of students and supportive adults, who annually organize local Common Cents collection drives that use the neglected resource into ready-to-use funds for their communities.

After the pennies have been converted into dollars, the money is then turned into deeds through the leadership of the Roundtable Philanthropy program.

Common Cents was founded in 1991 by playwright and father Teddy Gross to create opportunities for young people of all ages and backgrounds to develop and express their need to contribute to their communities.

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