Eisenhower program benefits local groups

Every month a Kookies Penny Drive collection jug is placed in the cafeteria at Eisenhower Elementary School, Coon Rapids.

Sue Leggate, representing the Coon Rapids Senior Center, served lunch alongside child nutrition assistant Pam Harvey (right) as Eisenhower Elementary School children file through the lunch line Nov. 19 during the third Kookies Penny Drive of the school year. Coins collected during the November penny drive are donated to the senior center. Right: Sue Leggate above) serves a spoonful of pineapple chunks to a hungry Eisenhower Elementary School student during lunch hour Nov. 19. Photo by Sue Austreng

Sue Leggate, representing the Coon Rapids Senior Center, served lunch alongside child nutrition assistant Pam Harvey (right) as Eisenhower Elementary School children file through the lunch line Nov. 19 during the third Kookies Penny Drive of the school year. Coins collected during the November penny drive are donated to the senior center. Right: Sue Leggate above) serves a spoonful of pineapple chunks to a hungry Eisenhower Elementary
School student during lunch hour Nov. 19. Photo by Sue Austreng

The jug fills with pennies and dimes, nickels and quarters – and sometimes a dollar or two.

That spare change is collected and counted and donated to the designated local group or organization of the month.

September’s Kookies Pennies went to the Coon Rapids Police Department, October’s was donated to the Coon Rapids Fire Department and November’s collection benefits the Coon Rapids Senior Center.

School year 2013-2014 marks the sixth consecutive year of Kookies Penny Drives at Eisenhower.

The drive was initiated – and is still organized by – Patty Sathre, Eisenhower child nutrition site supervisor.

By school year’s end, collections will go to the Anoka County Christmas Committee, local Lions clubs, local food shelves and more.

Sue Austreng is at sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com

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