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Students Harvest Pennies To Donate More Than $1,000 To Charity

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It seems that kids are always asking parents for something, but a group of local elementary school students have done just the opposite.

They spent the school year collecting money to give away to the Canine Companions charity.

The students from Evening Street Elementary School in Worthington delivered an assortment of treats and toys to the charity.

"Even though they're not as big as we are, they can make something big happen and change things for people," said Megan Abrams, penny harvest coach.

The students collected coins as part of the school's penny harvest program.

"They just bring in all the spare change that they can find under the couch cushions, asking friends and neighbors," Abrams said.

Each week, the school weighed the change. By the end of the year, the students had collected $1,911.63.

Each student saw firsthand how one simple coin can add up to so much more.

"It's like the smallest penny helps. Let's say you have a penny laying around, you think it doesn't help, but it does help," said Cordelia Noonan, a fifth-grade student.

Students could donate the money to any organization they wanted. They chose Canine Companions, which brings together pups and people with disabilities.

"It's just really great for us to be able to see kids at such a young age learn about giving back and helping out non-profits," said Ashley Koehler, of Canine Companions.

The dogs learn various commands to help people live more independently.

"From the time they're born in our program until the time that a team retires, we estimate that their value is $45,000," Koehler said.

That's why every donation helps, and that's why the students wanted to do their part.

"It just felt really awesome that we can help someone that really needs it and that we can find a home for a dog," said Peyton Bowers, a fourth-grade student.

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