Penny Harvest Youth Summit
After collecting 16 thirty pound bags of pennies from our students, families, faculty, staff and even grandparents, students in third through seventh grade participated in the Penny Harvest roundtable committee to decide where our Penny Harvest funds would be allocated. Each participating school gets $1000 from Penny Harvest regardless of how many sacks of pennies they harvested.
Our students met from February to late April and attended the county-wide Penny Harvest youth summit on April 25th at the Seattle Center with approximately twenty other schools. The youth summit is like a conference where Penny Harvest students can meet representatives from non-profit service organizations from all over the county and participate in break out sessions on subjects like foster care, disaster preparedness, homelessness, and hunger. Students also work with other schools to create a creative project around the needs of their own communities.
Evergreen Penny Harvest roundtable identified eight to ten organizations that worked around issues that the entire school suggested through the Wheel of Caring project and pie chart. Those organizations serve and advocate for the environment, international food aid, local hunger, and endangered and threatened animal species.
After researching and conducting many phone interviews with organizations, students chose two to give to : Heifer International project in Sierra Leone ($600) and the Endangered Species Coalition ($400).
The whole process was immensely enlightening for our students.
Stasia Smith and Peter Gross are the Penny Harvest Coaches you can reach them by email with any questions.