School penny drive benefits Coon Rapids
Money collected during a year-long, monthly Kookies Penny Drive program at Eisenhower Elementary School, Coon Rapids, has been presented to the city of Coon Rapids.
Patty Sathre, the school’s child nutrition site supervisor, presented a check for $84.84 to Mayor Tim Howe at the Jan. 7 Coon Rapids City Council meeting.
Beneficiaries of the penny drives in September, October and November were the Coon Rapids Police Department, Coon Rapids Fire Department and Coon Rapids Senior Services, respectively.
As part of the penny drive event each month, members of the community serve lunch to the students for a day.
For the police department, Chief Brad Wise and Officer Ken Young were servers, while Fire Chief John Piper and Fire Marshal Todd Williams served lunch to the kids the month that the fire department was the beneficiary.
Councilmembers Denise Klint and Steve Wells were the servers for the Coon Rapids Senior Services event.
“It’s a unique program,” Howe said. “It’s a lot of fun being a server, but hard work, too.”
Besides the three city agencies, other beneficiaries of the Eisenhower penny drive are the Anoka Christmas Committee, Coon Rapids North Star Lions Club, American Cancer Society, Alexandra House and the Anoka County Brotherhood Food Shelf.
“So many people have helped our school, we were just looking for a way to give back to the community,” Sathre said.
Students place pennies in a large jar in the cafeteria designated for a different organization each month, according to Sathre.
The children are excited to place their pennies in the jar and often comment that they have been saving their pennies for a long time,” Sathre said.
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