Penny drive gets started at Eisenhower

Kindergartners at Eisenhower Elementary School, Coon Rapids, were more excited for lunch than usual last week.That’s because Coon Rapids Police Chief Brad Wise and DARE Officer Ken Young served lunch to the school’s students Sept. 5.

Coon Rapids Police Chief Brad Wise (left) and Patty Sathre, child nutrition site supervisor, celebrate the first donations of the monthly Kookies Penny Drive at Eisenhower Elementary School. Photo by Kelly Johnson

Coon Rapids Police Chief Brad Wise (left) and Patty Sathre, child nutrition site supervisor, celebrate the first donations of the monthly Kookies Penny Drive at Eisenhower Elementary School. Photo by Kelly Johnson

The effort by Wise and Young was to thank the students for bringing in donations to the Kookies Penny Drive, a monthly fund-raiser in the cafeteria that benefits local organizations.

This school year’s beneficiaries include the Coon Rapids Police Department in September, the Coon Rapids Fire Department in October, the Coon Rapids Senior Center in November and the Anoka Christmas Committee in December.

January’s proceeds will benefit the Coon Rapids North Star Lions Club. Ronald McDonald House receives February’s donations, while Alexandra House receives March’s donations. In April, proceeds go to the Anoka County Brotherhood Council food shelf.

Patty Sathre, Eisenhower child nutrition site supervisor, has organized the penny drive at the school since 2007.

A collection jug is placed in the cafeteria where students and staff put their spare change. A collection meter on a cafeteria doorway monitors the monthly progress.

Kelly Johnson is at kelly.johnson@ecm-inc.com

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