Last December, I reported on the Penny Harvest Field that was installed in the plaza at Rockefeller Center in New York City. The Penny Harvest Field was 165-foot long and 30-foot wide “box” filled with pennies. Pennies donated to school children from all over New York City.

I received a note this evening from Common Cents, the organizer of the Penny Harvest, to announce that last year’s harvest raised $677,955.99, including $20,000 from passers-by in Rockefeller Plaza.

The announcement went on to say:

This past December, millions of people from around the world witnessed the astonishing collective effort of hundreds of thousands of children. But, the story doesn’t end there. After the pennies left Rockefeller Center, Penny Harvesters got to work deciding how to reinvest these funds back into their communities. This year, we are pleased to announce that New York City Penny Harvesters made 1,513 community grants and performed 345 neighborhood service projects with their precious funds.

New York is certainly a better place to live because of the hard-work and compassion of these children.

We hope you will continue to support Common Cents’ efforts to teach children the importance of giving back, and work with us to build the next generation of informed, capable, and caring young people.

CONGRATULATIONS to Common Cents and the school children of New York City whose efforts should be applauded!

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