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Common Cents: The go-to place for children to change the world!

Who We Are Common Cents is dedicated to helping people of every age become effective and responsible contributors to their communities. To this end, we develop scalable and affordable models for democratic philanthropy, ethical citizenship, and engaged learning in schools and other institutional settings. Our flagship program, the Penny Harvest, grew from one child’s desire to feed the homeless and her father’s commitment to experiential education. Now in its 21st year, the program continues to empower children from preschool to high school — in every life circumstance — to become socially engaged philanthropists. Students have collected over $9 million in pennies, awarded over 21,600 grants, and volunteered over 42 million service hours to support causes for children, the environment, health care, human rights, the elderly, and disaster relief.

Annual Report 2010 - 2012 Editor: Nora Gross Designers: Steve Thomas Lorita E. Ioanovici Photographers: Jim Saylor The Edmond de Rothschild Foundations Penny Harvest Coaches Common Cents Staff

The Penny Harvest engages teachers, principals, parents, and community leaders by empowering children to lead the way in transforming idle coins into meaningful grants and service projects to better our communities.

Penny Harvest:

We collect. We decide. We take action.





570 Columbus Avenue New York, NY 10024 (212) PENNIES 2

Penny Harvest at a Glance What Schools Do How We Help Teachers & Students

Phase 1: Gather Pennies

In the fall, students launch a school-wide campaign to address shared community concerns by gathering idle pennies from their neighbors by the bag, sack, and ton.

Phase 2: Make Grants

In each school, a team of student leaders, known as the Philanthropy Roundtable, spends the winter debating community needs, investigating organizations, and deciding democratically how to best allocate their school’s collection.

Phase 3: Take Action

Annually, Common Cents provides thousands of hours in training to more than 800 Penny Harvest Coaches (teachers, librarians, school counselors, and parent coordinators) and creates a comprehensive national curriculum guide, which helps teachers connect philanthropy and service to a wide range of classroom subjects, including math, science, English, art, and music.

Throughout the spring, Roundtables leverage their philanthropic dollars to promote student volunteering in their neighborhood, as well as quality service-learning tied to classroom curriculum.

Phase 4: Build Legacy

As the school year winds down, Legacy Sevice acknowledges students’ desire to leave their school a better place than they found it. By participating in the Run for Change! and passing down leadership to younger peers, graduating student leaders deepen and sustain the Penny Harvest in their school.


The organization also provides every school with crates of materials, including canvas collection sacks, colorful penny bags, stickers, posters, and honorary leader pins — and the motivation and evaluation necessary to conduct a successful Penny Harvest.

Table of Contents Who We Are................................................................................. 2



of Coaches agree that participating in the Penny Harvest increases students’ belief that they can make a difference.

Penny Harvest at a Glance................................................................ 4 Highlights from 2011 and 2012........................................................... 6 Our National Numbers..................................................................... 8 Letter from the Executive Director, Teddy Gross......................................10 Stories from 2011 & 2012................................................................. 12 Run for Change! .......................................................................................14 The Penny Harvest for the 9/11 Memorial Campaign............................................ 16 Community Coach Conferences..................................................................... 18

What Penny Harvest Students Care about and Their Impact........................ 22 Grant-Making and Service Highlights in the Six Major Issue Areas.................. 25 Children’s Issues....................................................................................... 27 The Enviroment........................................................................................ 35 Health................................................................................................... 45



of Coaches agree that Roundtable students feel more comfortable taking on leadership roles in the future.

Disaster Relief.......................................................................................... 53 Human Rights........................................................................................... 59 The Elderly.............................................................................................. 67

Participating Schools....................................................................... 74 Common Cents Supporters................................................................ 80 Common Cents Staff & Board of Directors............................................. 85 2012-2013 Addendum: Updated Data and Stories..................................... 87


Highlights from 2011 and 2012 Grand Internship Program At Common Cents, we recognize that too often, children’s voices are drowned out by their know-it-all elders. To combat the problem, we are piloting a new program that brings interns at a very early age into the workplace — ours! The Grand Intern program places civically talented 4th and 5th graders at Common Cents as interns — under the supervision of high school interns. The grand interns help with research, program development, and special projects. Executive Intern Caleb Turner, a sophomore at Roosevelt High School comments: “It may sound a little crazy that I am an intern and also have an intern, but it’s made my experience at Common Cents ten times richer!”

The Start of Community Coach Conferences Over the last two years, Common Cents has been piloting a program which connects Penny Harvest schools with a local bank branch to develop a collaborative understanding of community needs. Each school-bank partnership takes a different form, fitting the unique interests of the bank’s volunteers and the Penny Harvest students. Some Roundtables have invited the branch manager to participate in their grant-making process; some branch managers have taken students on tours of their bank branch; and still other partnerships have collaborated on service projects in their shared communities. (For more, see pg. 18) 6

Establishing a Tradition: The Run for Change! In 2011, Common Cents held the first annual Penny Harvest Run for Change! along Hudson River Park. Hundreds of students, teachers, and community members gathered together to run, walk, and rally to support the Penny Harvest and celebrate students’ efforts throughout the year. In 2012, we made the Run for Change! an annual event, doubling the number of participants, and building its sustainability potential into the entire program year. (For more, see pg. 14)

Remembering Japan and the Global Relief Fund Over 166 Penny Harvest schools contributed portions of their 2011 Penny Harvest pot to the Global Relief Fund for Japan — a fund established by Common Cents in response to the devastating January 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Students who attended the Global Relief Conference for Japan, which was held at Stuyvesant High School following the 2011 Run For Change!, decided how to distribute the over $36,000 fund among three organizations who work on the ground on recovery and relief efforts. (For more, see pg. 56.)

Deepening Our Partnership with NYC Service Common Cents was host to five NYC Civic Corps members in 2011, seven in 2012, and we are looking forward to a new crop of Civic Corps volunteers coming through our doors in October. In 2011/2012, we also deepened our partnership with NYC Service and the Department of Education after they recognized the Penny Harvest as the leading partner organization to New York City schools.

SONY Day of Service at IS 72 On Tuesday, June 25, 2012, Common Cents partnered with SONY Entertainment, IS 72 of Staten Island, and NYC Service to create a unique volunteer opportunity. Joined by IS 72 students, parents, faculty, and local community volunteers — not to mention Emma Stone, star of The Amazing Spider-Man — Common Cents conducted its annual Penny Pin and Student Leadership assembly day. Over the course of the day, hundreds of volunteers answered SONY’s national call to “be amazing” through volunteerism by giving time to help construct over 30,000 Student Leader pins, all of which will go out next fall to 2012/2013 Penny Harvest student leaders across the city. Volunteers each received Spiderman t-shirts, snacks, and even got a chance to give a famous Hollywood actress some tips on how to make the perfect Penny Pin!

The 9/11 Memorial Campaign In the fall of 2011, the 9/11 Museum & Memorial enlisted Common Cents in their efforts to engage New York City schoolchildren in a process of reflection about the events of September 11, 2001. With logistical and curricular guidance from us, Penny Harvest students had to the chance, not only to reflect on the tragedy, but to connect to their communities, and collect pennies to support specific education efforts of the 9/11 Museum. Common Cents also compiled students’ reflections and service pledges into the 9.12 Book. (For more, see pg. 16.)

Prizes, Partnerships, and Praise In 2012, Common Cents was awarded the first Lynden B. Miller Prize, given by New Yorkers for Parks for outstanding participation in the Daffodil Project. In global news, we are partnering with a respected German nonprofit, Children for a Better World to launch a pilot. The University of Southern California is also piloting the program as a service-learning experience for undergraduates in East Los Angeles. Finally, the Penny Harvest was recently featured in The New York Times and in an episode of Melissa Harris Perry’s show on MSNBC.

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Our National Numbers 2012 marks the 21st year of the Penny Harvest in New York City! Over the last two years, students in 879 schools have participated in the Penny Harvest at our locations in NYC as well as in the Capital Region of New York; Colorado (administered by The Young Philanthropist Foundation); Florida (administered by Florida Alliance for Student Services); New York City/Metro NY; Ohio (administered by See Kids Dream); and Seattle, Washington (administered by Solid Ground). Between 2010 and 2012, elementary and middle school students in these schools across the country have collected and distributed back into their communities a total of $1,358,897.48 — that’s almost 1.4 million dollars — all of which they collected from their neighbors in pennies!


These young people have distributed 3,432 grants to local, national, and international organizations and carried out 551 service projects.


724 schools $521,181.87 collected 1,405 grants 201 service projects 682 schools $519,088.49 collected 1,345 grants 212 service projects




11 schools $13,038.00 collected 26 grants 4 service projects

48 schools $60,312.40 collected 130 grants 25 service projects

22 schools $12,310.00 collected 11 grants 23 service projects

17 schools $24,646.58 collected 38 grants 8 service projects

51 schools $51,450.25 collected 114 grants 8 service projects

6 schools $12,948.00 collected 26 grants 2 service projects


10 schools $13,607.10 collected 19 grants 8 service projects

45 schools $51,150.00 collected 102 grants 25 service projects

*Florida’s Penny Harvest Program has been discontinued due to the elimination of Learn and Serve as a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

47 schools $34,737.00 collected 93 grants 30 service projects

40 schools $26,407.90 collected 85 grants 4 service projects

8 schools $18,019.89 collected 38 grants 1 service project

879 Schools


Knowing It By Heart A Letter from the Executive Director

One recent evening, I got to read some goodnight poems to my great-niece, Flora. Her last choice was the title poem of A.A. Milne’s cheerful volume, Now We Are Six, which begins:

When I was one, I had just begun, When I was two, I was very new…

As I recited the lines, I noticed that Flora was mouthing them to herself. After goodnight kisses and lights out, I left her room wondering why she had committed this poem to memory. Sure, it has a sing-song beat that makes it, as we say, viral: but were there other reasons? Strange as it sounds, the answer came to me as I was leafing through the volume in your hands. Unlike Milne’s poem, the Common Cents Annual Report is way too long to memorize. But both, I realized, are testimonials to the benefits of aging. Could it be that we all need reassurances that the passage of time is a positive thing? If you are seeking that kind of reassurance, this report is for you. In fact, its contents 10

weave together two narratives of positive youth development. The first is the narrative of Penny Harvest children. Here you can follow their year-long journey of ethical citizenship and responsive leadership, both through good, hard data, and stories rich with ethnographic detail. And what can be more reassuring than to see how the student body in 700 NYC schools starts the year with nothing in the bank, and ends it, by dint of only their hard work, making grants totaling half a million dollars to thousands of needy people and causes in their neighborhoods? The second is a narrative from the other end of the younger generation. Supporting our schools for the past few years has been a handful of idealistic members of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s NYC Civic Corps. Their first-hand accounts form the heart of this report. And although you’ll never hear this boast from them, their example of service has often inspired our Coaches and student leaders to package their grant-making with additional service-learning.

As you read their notes from the field, you can almost see academic engagement and social responsibility growing before your eyes. But on reflection, there is another way that this report demonstrates the plus side of maturation. When the Penny Harvest was one (and had just begun), it was nothing more than a clever charity drive. People, it turned out, loved to recycle forgotten pennies into hot meals for the homeless. But as it took off in the schools, spreading to thousands of classrooms, the Common Cents team and I began to ponder how we could deepen the experience for children. The result of all that work is that the Penny Harvest is now, at the wise young age of twenty-one, a year-long educational program with an array of proven benefits for children, communitites, and schools. These benefits are also documented here, and online in our grants report at

“The Penny Harvest has been the catalyst and foundation for a culture of service and community connections in our school.” Julie Cavanagh, Teacher at PS 15

I am proud that innovation and growth at Common Cents never stops, which may be the most reassuring news of all. In fact, this report explores two significant improvements to the model, which I will just briefly mention here. One is the Run for Change! At first glance, it looks no different than any fundraising fun run. But under the hood, where it is wired to a student curriculum called “Legacy Service,” the Run for Change! becomes, not just the key to self-sustainability, but a way to teach young people the responsibility and satisfactions of stewardship. The second is our recent partnership with the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, and the Department of Education, which has taught us a lot. We’ve always held that no child is an island. Now we’ve also learned that no nonprofit is an island.

Now we’re also wondering: is it possible that genuine reciprocity between the public and independent sectors is key to the viability of both? One final point. In boasting of our innovation team, I don’t mean to suggest that we make all the improvements on our own. Far from it. In fact, one reason that we labor so intensely over our annual reports — and this two year issue has gotten double the love, from Adam Seidel and Nora Gross — is that they give us a chance to acknowledge many of the people who make the Penny Harvest go, grow, and glow here in New York and around the country. So to those we name, and the thousands we cannot — thank you one and all, thank you.

Also, we’ve always wondered, is it possible that genuine reciprocity between the generations — through voice, contribution, and belonging — is the key to our social and emotional health? 2

Stories from 2011 & 2012 Run for Change!

by David Dillon, David Inkeles, & Whitley Plummer

The Penny Harvest for the 9/11 Memorial Campaign by David Inkeles

Community Coach Conferences by Ashley Prather & Genesis Taveras


Hundreds of the 1,500 participants at the 2012 Run for Change! reflected on the causes they cared about by contributing to the Passion Flag.


Run for Change! 2011 marked the first year of what has become an ever-growing annual event, the Run for Change! This event serves not only as a city-wide celebration of Penny Harvest students’ feats of philanthropy, but also as a fundraising opportunity for each school to galvanize community support to sustain the Penny Harvest program in their school for the following year.

Sam, a student from PS 6 in Manhattan, spoke with urgency and candor when he explained why he raised $1,000 for the Penny Harvest Run for Change!: “I want to make sure the other kids in my school have the Penny Harvest next year and the year after that.” While Sam made it known to his family and friends why the Penny Harvest is special to him, he told us, “Sure, collecting the pennies and competing with classes is fun, but I felt like I learned a lot about a range of issues. The Penny Harvest is important to me and a lot of kids out there.”

It was a day for student leaders to write a new chapter in their annual Penny Harvest tradition — the first year for senior leaders to introduce the underclassmen in their school to the citywide Penny Harvest community and to leave a legacy for next year’s philanthropic campaign. In doing so, over 600 students, teachers, and supporters of Common Cents raised money to keep the Penny Harvest operating for another year.

In many ways, the Passion Flag itself reflected the spirit of the day, and what Common Cents as an organization is all about: raising a new generation of informed, capable and caring citizens by turning small change into large deeds. By attending the Run, many were reinvigorated and reminded of why we continue Sporting their new RFC t-shirts, a school team celebrates the to push for the growth of the Penny Harvest program.

And that we did. On April 29th 2012 we sought to maintain the feeling of community and shared purpose that resonated with everyone in year one, but do it even better! Nearly 100 schools contributed to the fundraising efforts, and on the day of the event, we saw almost double the number of runners as in 2011 — this time wearing grey shirts with our new logo: a neon colored penny with Lincoln sporting a backwards baseball cap.

On the brisk and sunny Sunday morning, there were students, teachers, families, friends, and newcomers In 2011, Common Cents created the Run for Change!, a Feeling similarly, rookie Penny Harvest coach Tishanda to the Penny Harvest congregating everywhere, run/walk/rally to celebrate youth philanthropy in New York Anderson of PS 181 in Brooklyn convinced her principal excited and roaring to go. After a rallying cry from City through the Penny Harvest program. Since then, the City Council Member Gail Brewer and Common Cents to hire a bus driver to transport her student leaders Run for Change! has become — like the Wheel of Caring, staff, all the participants were off and running — or that Saturday afternoon. “They had so much fun this check award ceremonies, and the inevitable bursting of year that it would have been a disservice to bar them hopping, skipping, and dancing — their way to the sacks on pick-up day — a tradition firmly rooted in the finish line. from participating in the Run for Change!” essence of our program. Students pushed their teachers to keep on going, As the event concluded, Tishanda made it known to What began as an experiment in innovating the program teachers motivated parents to run, walk, or rally all: “I have too many students that want to be the and building legacy has expanded into one of the most harder, and Penny Harvest alumni cheered on current leaders of the Penny Harvest next year. Y’all better highly anticipated events of the Penny Harvest year. harvesters. be running next year!” There is no better feeling than viewing hundreds of students expressing their Penny Harvest pride on poster After the run, participants posed with trophies and boards and team shirts, and through chants and cheers. giant pennies in our photo booth, received tickets to tour the nearby 9/11 Memorial, and student On April 30th 2011, hands of different colors and sizes leaders were encouraged to start planning for next gripped banners ready to celebrate their yearlong efforts. year by creating a legacy binder. Far and away, the These were the hands of Penny Harvest student leaders most popular and inspirational activity of the day who traveled from all the nooks and crannies of New York was the decoration of the Passion Flag. By the time City to converge on Manhattan’s west side for the first the flag was complete, it was filled with hundreds of annual Run for Change! Sprinkled amongst them were individual pledges, aspirations, and issues our runners supporters of their work: families, teachers, and City cared about, ranging from the elderly to children in Council Members Robert Jackson and Gail Brewer. need and environmental preservation.


completion of the 5K race at the 2012 Run for Change!

Linda Meile, leader of the “Melting Pots” RFC team who came out to represent the International Center, an adult learning center for immigrants, understood the deeper purpose of the Penny Harvest while at the Run. She reflected that “for the first time in a very long time, I personally felt more optimistic about our future as a society and about our ability to consciously create change closer to home and abroad through activism, volunteerism and philanthropy, all starting with our students. My team was highly impressed by the vision, involvement, dedication and enthusiasm demonstrated by the students.” Lisa Nord, a Penny Harvest Coach at PS 75 in Manhattan, too, realized the influence her school and others across the city were having on their communities: “For me, seeing all the different Run for Change! participants was an eye-opener. The run/walk and the events surrounding it helped to solidify how important I think service learning is for people of all ages. For our team, to have whole families involved (moms carrying little ones or pushing strollers as well!) reminded me how much learning is a partnership between school and home. I would strongly encourage everyone to participate next year. Being part of a large group of students and families all working towards the same goal was very empowering.” This seemed to be the pervasive sentiment of the afternoon. More than just a celebration, the Run for Change! strengthens our dedication to youth citizenship and service and unites us around the work of Penny Harvest participants across New York City.

Run for Change! by the numbers:



Number of Runners



Number of Schools Fundraising



Fundraising by PH Coaches



Total RFC Revenue



Top Fundraising Schools (2011-2012) $18,191 $10,344 $ 6,219 $ 6,067 $ 4,892

PS 6 Lillie D. Blake PS 144 Col Jeromus Remsen Riverdale Country School The School at Columbia University PS 199 Jessie Isador Straus The first runners leave the blocks at the 2011 Run for Change! through Hudson River Park.

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The Penny Harvest for The 9/11 Memorial Campaign: Students Remembering the Past and Paving the Way for Future Generations By David Inkeles

During the 2011/2012 school year, Penny Harvest students remembered and reflected on the events of September 11, 2001 and used their philanthropic process to support the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, and create opportunities for future generations of students to reflect and connect, not only to the tragedy of that day, but to the importance of service to their communities.

On Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 over 100 guests joined together at the 9/11 Memorial Plaza in the heart of New York City to celebrate a landmark moment in the history of Common Cents and its annual curriculum surrounding disaster relief. The event marked the culmination of a year-long partnership between Common Cents, the National September 11th Memorial & Museum, the Department of Education, the Mayor’s Office, and the New York City Penny Harvest schools. Beginning in the fall of 2011, students throughout New York City, many of whom were either very young or not alive in 2001, were offered the unique opportunity to “reflect, collect, and connect” to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum by participating in the 2011/2012 Penny Harvest for the 9/11 Memorial Campaign. The Campaign, which ran from October 2011 through the end of the year, garnered the participation of 230 schools from throughout the New York City area. Nearly 100 of these schools were new, non-Penny Harvest schools, while 140 Penny Harvest schools opted to “harvest a little harder” through organizing bake sales, leader pin sales, and other creative fundraising efforts in supplement to their annual harvests. Collectively, these 230 schools contributed a total of $57,230.66 of their Penny Harvest funds towards helping students connect to the Museum when it opens in the fall. By February, student leadership teams from each school assembled, and began meeting with their teachers to determine how their donation could best help the Memorial & Museum support New York City students.

The Common Cents book of student reflections and pledges was presented to the 9/11 Museum in June 2012.


In order to help facilitate these conversations, each participating school received a Penny Harvest for the

9/11 Memorial curriculum guide, which included ageguided lesson plans and activities to help drive student reflection. Ultimately, students voted among three recommendations for how the student-raised funds should be spent by the 9/11 Memorial Museum: to expand learning opportunities and resources for teachers through training and engagement around the issues raised by 9/11; to fund on-site programs and resources for students at the museum; or to connect with students around the world through an online museum. The “student artifacts” produced through these classroom lessons, conversations, and debates ranged from paintings to posters, essays to poems. All of these Penny Harvest student reflections have been compiled in the 9.12 Book: Penny Harvest Students Reflect & Make a Difference to Honor September 11th, which was presented to Mayor Bloomberg at the June 5th event beside the “Survivor Tree” and will be displayed at the 9/11 Museum when it opens. This book contains the hopes, dreams, and service pledges of New York City students for a better world. In 2001, hundreds of thousands of students from 940 New York City schools raised close to 1 million dollars in pennies and volunteered thousands of hours to help in the recovery efforts following the September 11th tragedy. Ten years later, with the support of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum and the Department of Education, Common Cents felt it was important to give a new generation of our city’s students the opportunity to reflect, connect, and commemorate such an important event in our history.

A student leader from PS 119 in Brooklyn signs the check representing the combined Penny Harvest for the 9/11 Memorial Campaign grants.


Community Coach Conferences: Local Bank Managers Invest in Penny Harvest Leaders Over the last two years, Common Cents has introduced and grown a pilot program which pairs Penny Harvest schools with their local Capital One Bank branch to develop a collaborative understanding of local community needs. Through the Penny Harvest Program, thousands of students at schools throughout the five boroughs take action and find innovative solutions to address community needs, yet many of their closest neighbors — banks, gas stations, grocery stores, or local bodegas — don’t realize that this impact stems directly from youth ages four to fourteen. At Common Cents, we’re always on the hunt for more ways to showcase our schools’ commitments to service and develop innovative strategies to deepen school and community partnerships. Our Community Coach (Co Co) Partnerships pilot program accomplishes both of these goals by connecting schools with local businesses and community leaders. Common Cents paired local Capital One Bank branches with Penny Harvest schools that were just steps away from each branch. Just as Penny Harvest students throughout New York City focus on their local neighborhoods, Capital One Bank has a commitment to what they call “Investing for Good.” This means that Capital One believes in supporting the unique needs of the immediate, local communities in areas where their employees live and work. What is special about the Community Coach Partnerships pilot program is that it offers bank associates the opportunity to invest their time and talent at the local Students at PS 146 in Brooklyn get a tour of their local level while deepening their understanding of the issues Capital One Bank branch and learn how the coin counter that are of the utmost concern to their community’s machine works. youngest philanthropists. 18

“Capital One Bank is proud to partner with Common Cents to pair our branches with local schools and connect students with their communities in meaningful ways,” explained Mike Slocum, New York State President for Capital One. “This partnership is a wonderful example of Capital One Bank’s multi-faceted approach to relationships with our non-profit partners. The investment of grant dollars, combined with hands-on associate engagement and thought leadership, results in great outcomes for the local community.” With support from Capital One Bank, relationships between schools and branches have been able to flourish in the last two years. The first year of the pilot program began with five partnerships that were centered around a main event called the Co Co Conferences. Occurring in early April and marking the completion of students’ grant-making and service decisions, these conferences allowed student leaders to meet with Capital One Bank branch representatives to explain their school’s Penny Harvest process from start to finish. As students shared and reflected upon their decisions, the Capital One Community Coaches probed students with questions, challenging them to consider new ways to address community needs. Each of the Community Coaches shared their personal experiences in the community and discussed their individual and professional commitments to service in the neighborhood, including mentoring girls, teaching financial literacy workshops, and building community gardens. Capital One Bank representatives inquired about how students arrived at their funding decisions. What many of them found was that each Roundtable member had a personal reason for selecting the community organizations and issues they cared about.

“Listening to each student speak about how and why they came to their final decisions, along with [Penny Harvest Coach] Brenda Nixon’s support, was a very touching moment for me,” said Williamsbridge Road branch manager Violeta Shala-Guerrero of her visit to PS 83 in the Bronx.

The Co Co Partnerships not only showcase youth as powerful agents of change to influential leaders in their neighborhood, but also provide students with caring, adult mentors who have a similar interest in improving their neighborhoods and New York City.

In 2011/2012, the second year of the pilot, Common Cents was able to connect six schools to their local Capital One branch. We improved the pilot program into a year-long partnership revolving around servicelearning and community. The goal was to encourage communication between branches and schools throughout the whole year instead of during just a single visit.

In the next year, Common Cents hopes to move forward with a regional model for creating partnerships that will include Capital One Bank district managers. The hope is that one day we will be able to match each Penny Harvest school with a professional, adult mentor. These adults not only bring a fresh perspective to the students’ Roundtables but also assist the Penny Harvest Coaches in the task of educating youth on the importance of becoming agents of change in their communities.

The year began in August when Capital One branch managers and district managers participated in a special training. In early November, the branch managers were introduced to their partner school through a “kick-off meeting.” At these meetings, Penny Harvest Coaches and Capital One branch managers discussed their expectations and plans for the year. The pairs came up with creative ways to engage the students and the community. At the heart of our Co Co program are two elements of quality service-learning that we constantly try to reinforce through the Penny Harvest: reflection and community partnerships. The Community Coach (Co Co) Partnership showcases Common Cents’ dedication to redefining the way adults view children — from passive community members to active participants in the public sphere. When students make cash grants to community based organizations (CBOs) or design and implement their own service projects, they are engaging in philanthropic practices that are usually reserved for adults.

By Ashley Prather & Genesis Taveras


Partnerships Across the City EAST HARLEM, MANHATTAN Capital One Bank Harlem East & PS 167 Ann M. Short


East Harlem Capital One Bank branch manager Ramona Lopez visited student leaders at PS 146 and was “blown away” by the dedication and seriousness of their Penny Harvest Roundtable. Led by Penny Harvest Coach and social worker Helaine Eisenberg, each year student leaders are selected after a serious application process that involves essays and interviews. The 3rd, 4th and 5th grade student leaders used their Roundtable funds to support ShelterBox USA, ASPCA, Gods Love We Deliver, Bid-A-Wee, and Heifer International.


Ramona hosted two branch visits for PS 146 Roundtable leaders. While at the bank, students were given behind the scenes access to the teller’s area, the branch vault, and the security room. Students were also excited to use the coin counter machine. In addition, Ramona participated in one of the student leader interviews. The “Penny People” of PS 146 made grants to Bid-A-Wee, Clean Water for Haiti, the East River Family Center, and the International Fund for Animal Welfare.


UPPER EAST SIDE, MANHATTAN Capital One Bank 79th & 2nd & JHS 167 Robert F. Wagner


Upper East Side Capital One Bank branch manager Christine Sweeney visited JHS 167 for a special event in which the graduating class of middle school student leaders presented on their Roundtable process, read original poetry, and sang a Penny Harvest rendition of Michael Jackson’s “We are the World.” Christine, who is very involved with service in her personal and professional life, was thrilled to see middle school students getting active in the neighborhood. JHS 167 Student leaders used their Roundtable funds to assist with disaster relief in Japan and help subsidize the cost of field trips for students in need.


Christine has remained a constant fixture at JHS 167 Roundtable meetings. She helped the students brainstorm new ideas on how to engage the whole school. She also participated in discussions about community needs and issues. In an extra special tribute to the partnership, Christine showcased student artwork at her branch. Student leaders donated to Have a Heart Children’s Cancer Society, Global Kids, Ronald McDonald House New York, Care for the Homeless, and their school emergency fund.

MORRIS PARK, THE BRONX Capital One Bank Williamsbridge Road & PS 83 Donald Hertz


A long-time resident of The Bronx, Williamsbridge Road Capital One Bank branch manager Violeta Shala-Guerrero felt right at home as soon as she walked into PS 83. Students shared ideas with Violeta for their upcoming service projects, including a towel drive for Adopt a Boxer, serving at St. Lucy’s Soup Kitchen, and bringing entertainment and plants to Morris Park Nursing Home. Along with their service projects, the Roundtable used its funds to support three local organizations: St. Lucy’s Soup Kitchen, Adopt a Boxer, and the Morris Park Nursing Home.


Violeta visited the PS 83 Community Service Club and listened to a presentation by the group about their service plans for the year. She also partnered with the students on the JC Penny Adopt an Angel campaign. Together she and the students discussed and debated on what four people they would “adopt” and buy gifts for during the holiday season. In addition to JC Penny Adopt an Angel, students donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, National Brain Tumor Society, Mount Sinai’s Recanati/Miller Transplantation Institute, and Penny Harvest for the 9/11 Memorial fund.

CARROLL GARDENS, BROOKLYN Capital One Bank Court Street & PS 146 The Brooklyn New School 2010/2011

Capital One Bank representatives Michelle Joseph and Ronnie Moss were incredibly impressed with the presentation made by PS 146 students about their Penny Harvest process. In exchange, Michelle and Ronnie explained their daily tasks at the bank. PS 146 students were inspired to use their funds towards creative service projects. Students sold sculptures and puppets to raise awareness of animal rights issues, bought water pumps for a community in Africa, created an art show to benefit Japan, and participated in a walk for cancer in honor of a classmate who has neuroblastoma.

SUNSET PARK, BROOKLYN Capital One Bank Sunset Park & PS 506 The School of Journalism & Technology 2010/2011

Myriam Cortez, the Sunset Park branch manager, facilitated a financial workshop for parents of PS 506 students, an idea that came out of her “kick-off meeting” with Penny Harvest Coach Michael Scheer. Myriam also hosted a branch visit for the 5th grade class that collected the most amount of money. The PS 506 Roundtable split their funds between Dogs for the Deaf, Little Baby Face Foundation, The Ronald McDonald House of New York, and Food Bank for the City of New York.

ARROCHAR, STATEN ISLAND Capital One Bank Hylan Boulevard & PS 46 Albert V. Maniscalco 2010/2011

The 30 student leaders on the “Giving Tree Roundtable” were anxious to meet Norma Haddad, the branch manager of the local Capital One Bank branch near their school. Under the guidance of Penny Harvest Coach Susan Tasso, the Roundtable leaders shared with Norma their “opinion box,” a strategy they use to bring the Roundtable process to the entire school. The Giving Tree Roundtable used their funds to support the Garden of Dreams Foundation and Ronald McDonald House


BEDFORD PARK, THE BRONX Capital One Bank Fordham Road & PS 46 Edgar Allen Poe 2010/2011

Fernando Gonzalez of the Fordham Road Capital One branch visited the student leaders of PS 46 during one of their Roundtable meeting and engaged in a discussion about community needs and how to best address them. Karen Ramirez, the school’s Penny Harvest Coach, believed that the partnership increased her students’ understanding of local problems and solutions. The PS 46 “Dream Catchers” donated to the ASPCA, St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, Our Lady of Refuge Food Pantry, Wildlife Conservation Society, and the Penny Harvest for the 9/11 Memorial.

Jacqueline Romero-Reyes of the Hylan Boulevard Capital One branch partnered with the students of PS 46 to put on a toiletry drive for soldiers in Iraq. Jacqueline also donated $500 to the school to pay for an end-of-year celebration for all the students who participated in the Penny Harvest. This year’s Roundtable funds were donated to the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island and Autism Speaks.

“I think I accomplished helping the world. I want to keep doing it in middle school!” Eli, 5th grader at PS 75


What Penny Harvest students cared about and the impact they made in their communities in 2011 and 2012 In 2010/2011 and 2011/2012, Penny Harvest students awarded community grants and carried out service projects in an effort to alleviate problems and improve their neighborhoods. The philanthropic concerns of Penny Harvest young people can be grouped into six major categories: Children’s Issues, The Environment, Health, Disaster Relief, Human Rights, and The Elderly. In the following pages, you will find more details about the ways in which the young philanthropists of New York City compassionately and creatively worked to solve local and global problems within each of these areas. Over the course of each school year, the Common Cents staff — particularly the NYC Service Civic Corps members who serve the primary school support role for the program — collect stories of grant-making and service-learning in all our schools. The Field Notes from Our Staff represent just a small selection of the thousands of exceptional grants and service projects from the last two years.


The six issue areas that received Penny Harvest funds allocated by NYC students in 2011 & 2012 are:

Disaster Relief



The Elderly



Children’s Issues



The Environment






Human Rights





Grant-Making and Service Highlights in the Six Major Issue Areas:

Children’s Issues Field Notes from Our Staff Reviving Cookies & Dreams by Andrew Firestone

The Environment

Field Notes from Our Staff and from a Coach Map of School and Community Gardens


Field Notes from Our Staff The Health Concerns of Penny Harvest Schools

Disaster Relief

Field Notes from Our Staff The 2011 Global Relief Fund and Conference for Japan by David Dillon & David Inkeles

Human Rights

Field Notes from Our Staff Penny Harvest Students Study Hunger While Fighting It

The Elderly

Field Notes from Our Staff Map of School-Senior Home Partnerships







Total amount of money awarded to community organizations addressing children’s issues



Number of grants awarded by students for children’s issues



Number of neighborhood service projects in which students participated



Children’s Issues Children are the driving force of the Penny Harvest. They collect the pennies, decide which issues to focus on, and make the grant decisions. Though young, our students have already developed a keen sense of empathy, especially for a group of people they relate to most: other children. Grants and service in this category are wide-ranging, from funding an inner-city child’s trip to summer camp, to buying art supplies for kids stuck in hospitals, to participating in an afterschool mentoring program.

Number of community organizations that received grants from students $321.69


Average amount of money awarded per grant 27

Field Notes from Our Staff

Supporting a Stranger... And Someone Closer to Home PS 83 in The Bronx By Whitley Plummer 2012 NYC Civic Corps Member

Connie Calabrese and the students at PS 83 The Donald Hertz School embody what it means to care. The school has a strong culture of giving back and collaborating with the community, and many of the student leaders are long-time veterans of the Penny Harvest and Roundtable. In 2012, one of the issues the ten student leaders wanted to tackle was sick children. While reaching out to the rest of the school for suggestions, they were directed by one teacher to a blog detailing a young girl’s battle with a brain tumor. The students were profoundly moved by the story of Carly Grace Nelson, a four-year-old girl who was born with a brain tumor and had undergone 28 surgeries to replace malfunctioning shunts. Rallying around Carly, the Roundtable students repeatedly visited the website seeking updates on her condition. They wrote Carly letters of encouragement and eventually pledged to donate $400 of their Penny Harvest collection to walk in her honor on June 16th at Governors Island as a part of “Team Carly.” According to their Penny Harvest Coach, Connie, the students’ compassion for Carly was particularly profound given the fact that one of the Roundtable leaders also had a brain tumor and struggled with malfunctioning shunts. However, this fact was not public knowledge to the rest of the Roundtable — so without even knowing it, the PS 83 leaders were addressing an issue very close to home. Connie reflected that, with the Roundtable’s pledge to walk for the National Brain Tumor Society, “we will be honoring both children on that special day.” Even though Carly was a stranger, and the Roundtable students were unaware of their fellow leader’s condition, it was apparent that the students at PS 83 knew they had an important role as philanthropists, and they understood the truly unique position they were in to help. 28


awarded in 2012 to National Brain Tumor Society

Linking Two Boroughs with Service and a Grant PS 197 in Brooklyn By Kathleen Lynch 2012 NYC Civic Corps Member

On March 16, 2012 the students of PS 197 in Brooklyn made the long trip up to The Bronx to visit the Mott Haven Academy. Haven Academy, a charter school created by the New York Foundling, is designed to meet the unique needs of at-risk children who are in foster care and the child welfare system. The students of PS 197 had donated to the New York Foundling in the past, but when they found out that the organization also supports a school for children in need, they knew this was a place where they could really make a difference in the lives of their peers. Penny Harvest coach Lucille Mauro arranged a visit to the school to find out more about the work they do and how a donation from their Roundtable could make a difference. However, this visit was not just about the “Penny Patrons” of PS 197 seeing the Haven Academy facilities; they also had a surprise delivery for Haven’s Principal, Jessica Nauiokas. PS 197 students had been collecting school supplies to donate to the school. When they arrived, the “Penny Patrons” carried in four huge boxes with everything from crayons to scissors to Post-It notes. Ms. Nauiokas was thrilled with the surprise and the PS 197 students beamed with pride knowing that their hard work collecting supplies would have a direct impact on the education of the Haven Academy students. The most special moment of this site visit came when the students of PS 197 received a tour of the school and facilities. They visited a classroom and the students of both schools had a chance to meet. After a few moments of shyness, the two groups of students bonded over their shared Penny Harvest experiences, swapping stories of collecting pennies and debating worthy causes. When the PS 197 “Penny Patrons” returned to their school, they decided to donate $200 of their Roundtable funds to the Mott Haven Academy school to help its many homeless students buy clothes for school.


awarded in 2012 to Mott Haven Academy

“Whenever you give students the opportunity to problem solve and have a voice, you encourage important life-long skills. It helps students begin to conceptualize what is really important in their lives, and learn that together they really can make a difference.”

Susan Knaster, Teacher at PS 163 29

Shy Santa Clauses Hit Queens PS 92 in Queens

At 9:30am on a Tuesday morning, the students of PS 92 walked into the Child Center of New York on a mission. Having gone through a rigorous process of collecting pennies and narrowing down organizations to partner with, the students finally decided that this was one place they definitely wanted to be. But instead of simply presenting a grant check to the Center, these 4th and 5th grade students went shopping. Armed with $250, the students went to local stores to purchase toys that they knew preschool students would enjoy and that, because of recent budget cuts, the Center could no longer afford. With containers of Play-Doh, posters galore and brightly-colored books in hand, the students dropped in on one of the pre-school classrooms to hand-deliver the gifts. At first, the PS 92 students shyly handed out the presents, unsure of how to interact with such young students. But soon enough, the students regained confidence as they were met with smiles, laughter, and squeals of excitement. After showering the Child Center classroom with gifts, the students filed out of the room to learn more about the Center’s facilities and programs. When asked about the experience, many students said they felt like Santa Claus. And one proudly exclaimed, “How could you not want to do that again?”


awarded in 2011 to Child Center of NY


By Katherine Cho 2011 NYC Civic Corps Member

“Our children are in desperate need of character building [and] we are in desperate need of productive citizens in our country. The Penny Harvest is one program that just does that: it teaches children and adults, through hands on experiences, to be philanthropists, community builders and collaborators.” Rosemary Ochoa, Principal at MS 126

Never Too Young to Help Someone Older The Channel View School for Research in Queens

By Joshua Kahn 2011 NYC Civic Corps Member

It may be a few years before the “Copper Tops” Roundtable of the Channel View School for Research can participate in an overseas program with the International Youth Leadership Institute, but they’ve learned it’s never too early to help others realize their own potential. The International Youth Leadership Institute is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help educate and prepare minority youth for leadership roles in the community and throughout the world. Every year, the Institute sends student leaders abroad to learn more about a particular nation’s culture, customs, and political and social conditions. The youth leaders have previously visited countries such as Ghana, Haiti, and South Africa. The “Copper Tops” and Penny Harvest Coach Luz Allesandri have partnered with the organization for a few years now. In fact, in 2011 the “Copper Tops” made a $900 grant to the organization. Even though the Institute only works with high school youth, some of the children from past Roundtables have gone on to leadership roles with the Institute. “We had alumni come in and speak to the students; they brought in pictures of giraffes and safaris they went on,” explained Luz. These visits made the Roundtable students even more passionate about their grant-making choice. The “Copper Tops” will probably have to wait a few years to participate in the Institute’s programs, but nobody told them they had to wait to change the lives of other students.

“No matter how small the action, you will always be changing someone’s life for the better.” Christian, 5th grader at PS 85


awarded in 2011 to International Youth Leadership Institute 31

Reviving Cookies & Dreams:

Waging Peace in a War-Torn Classroom In the spring of 2012, after observing months of mayhem in a 4th grade public school classroom, a Common Cents team decided to revive and reinvent a long-lost Common Cents program, Cookies & Dreams, in the hopes of forging more positive relationships between students and teachers. At Common Cents it is a cherished principle that service-learning improves the civic health of a school. But this winter, a Common Cents team proposed to dig under that belief by asking a simple question: is it possible to measure a school’s civic health?

With data steadily suggesting a highly toxic environment, the team faced a dilemma: to continue documenting classroom toxicity, or to offer help? With both principal and teacher support, the Common Cents team switched from documentation to action research, reviving and refining its own highly designed cross-age mentoring program, whimsically called Cookies & Dreams. Cookies & Dreams pairs older students and younger students for regular and ritualized experiences of reading, symbolic play, and reflection.

Our team consisted of Executive Director, Teddy Gross; Leah Fernandes, a graduate student at Hunter School of Education; and me, an undergrad intribgued by these questions. Leah was working at the time as a volunteer teacher inside a troubled 4th grade classroom in a public school on the east side of Manhattan. With the teacher’s permission, she began recording her observations of classroom interactions. Having built strong and empathic relationships with both the students and teachers, Leah was able to produce detailed and sensitive ethnographic data — a good starting point, we hoped, in our hunt for indicators of classroom health and toxicity. Early indications pointed to a joyless environment. The class was organized according to hyper-strict rules, forbidding kids for long periods to talk, get out of their chairs, and, when punished, enjoy a brief recess. Once, as the children were silently filing out of the building during a fire drill, Leah overheard one boy mutter a prayer, “Please God, really burn the school down!”

The toxic classroom culture can be seen in this student’s drawing of an alien eating the head teacher.

Rude exchanges frequently broke out between the head teacher and a small group of oppositional students. In mid-March, for example, one boy rose to the defense of a girl in the class who had collapsed into tears after receiving a particularly harsh punishment. “You made her cry!” he hollered at the teacher. The teacher responded, “Well, that’s part of my job.” The boy stood his ground angrily, “That’s not part of your job! You should be fired!” Often, the hostility displayed itself with graphic representations. In science class one day, Leah came upon a group of boys drawing furtively in their notebooks. Afterwards one of the boys showed her his work, and explained: “That’s the head teacher, and that’s an alien eating her!” 32

(Right, from top to bottom) A buddy pair reads and acts out a picture book together; another pair show off the Happy Dolls they made for each other with messages; Brian’s letter about his Cookies & Dreams experience.

The idea was to introduce two therapeutic ingredients into the classroom: first, to unify the group by giving them a sense of “urgent shared purpose.” And second, to rebuild a healthy teaching environment by tackling relationship-building in a collaborative atmosphere.

Despite such promising moments, the patterns of abuse and resistance did not vanish. Indeed as the reflection sessions were gradually taken over by the head teacher, there was a disturbing trend to promote the rule of fear as a management technique for the mentors.

To accomplish the first goal, we presented the following proposition to the class. Since every first grader in the school needs help reading, and the teachers are short-handed, will anyone here volunteer to help?

Both the successes and challenges of Cookies & Dreams can be illustrated with a few vignettes from the narrative of Brian — a brilliant, but troubled boy, who, during the past year, had lost both his grandmother and father.

Every student enthusiastically volunteered.

Brian’s response to the opportunity to mentor was dramatic and immediate, coming up to the team respectfully. “Thank you, Teddy,” he said offering his hand to shake ours. In the classroom with his buddy, Brian showed enormous patience and affection. During reflection, he joked with his classmates that his buddy’s handwriting was better than his. Several times, he admitted to the head teacher how sympathetic he now felt for her teaching challenges. During one session, when his mentee Darryl turned to another 1st grader and hit his arm, he gently touched his little buddy’s arm and said softly, “Don’t hit people.” It was effective. He ended his essay at the end of the program (see illustration) saying: “Darryl is like a little brother to me…Everybody in his class says he’s a trouble maker but I don’t think that.”

To accomplish the second goal, we introduced a period of intense reflection for the fourth graders and their teacher after each mentoring session. We hoped that, as resistant students grappled with their own resistant mentees, they would be prepared to practice more restraint in their own classroom conduct; and that, by the same token, as the punitive (now often hateful) teacher began to offer more nurturing strategies to her class of mentors, that she would return to them herself. Here, as we will see, the result were mixed. For six weeks, the program ran twice weekly, ending in late June just before the school year was over. Suddenly the team, in addition to gathering and analyzing data, faced a taxing, but exciting new set of tasks -- as program refiners, materials developers, classroom teachers, and everything else needed to manage the spirited interactions between a robust group of 30 committed 4th graders and their 45 eager little buddies in two 1st grade classrooms. For Leah, the work suddenly mushroomed into a fulltime job! The mentoring sessions were highly successful, with strong and nurturing learning connections quickly developing between the students. One lovely highlight was a visit from a Japanese volunteer group, called Happy Dolls, who distribute soft playful dolls for children to decorate, sign, and exchange.

But Brian’s progress was halted abruptly by a thoughtless gesture from the head teacher. One day, as the 1st and 4th graders gathered in a circle, she walked up to Brian and his little buddy and removed the 1st grader from the circle so that she could squeeze into it. “But that’s my little buddy,” Brian said. The teacher ignored him. That afternoon, Brian was suspended from school after acting out in a massively dramatic way later that day. There are no firm conclusions to draw from our research to date. We still do not know how to accurately measure a school’s civic health. Perhaps the best we can say is, paraphrasing Justice Black, that while can’t define civic toxicity, we know it when we see it.


Initially, too, the reflection sessions showed great promise. In fact, during the first session, a boy we’ll call Brian, one of the classroom’s notorious troublemakers, told the class that his difficulty keeping his mentee’s attention increased his sympathy for the head teacher. “Now I understand what you go through with me!” he confessed gallantly. There were also moments where the teacher patiently reinforced pro-social conduct. When one classmate thanked another for taking care of his 1st grade buddy when he was busy doing something else, the teacher responded to the boy: “That’s so sweet! What a nice thing to do!” Turning to the classmate who helped out, she added, “You must be touched!” On another occasion, the teacher acknowledged that she often blurts out “nasty remarks,” and that she would now like to stop doing that.

As for Cookies & Dreams, we emerge from this experience definitely impressed by the potential of cross-age mentoring — with deliberately structured reflection — to interrupt a paralytic pedagogy, and improve the terms for the learning and teaching exchange inside dysfunctional classrooms.

By Andrew Firestone







Total amount of money awarded to community organizations addressing the environment



Number of grants awarded by students for the environment



Number of neighborhood service projects in which students participated




Environment As environmental issues like pollution, waste, and climate change become more prevalent in school and community discussions, students are taking action to address the needs of the environment through the Penny Harvest. They do this in a number of ways, including funding environmental protection organizations, spending time in their community gardens, planting new flowers, cleaning up nearby parks, conducting recycling campaigns, and holding environmentally friendly school fairs.

Number of community organizations that received grants from students $250.74


Average amount of money awarded per grant 35

Field Notes from Our Staff

Find New Needs, Make New Friends PS 32 in Queens By Katherine Cho 2011 NYC Civic Corps Member

If you had walked by PS 32 on the morning of Friday, May 27th 2011 you would undoubtedly have looked twice. There, with the backdrop of students, basketball courts, and brick walls, stood two horses, Sam and Cheetah. Brought by van in a two hour drive, the horses arrived at PS 32 along with the human founder of Helping Horses, Inc., Spirit Seabre. In the weeks before this visit, the “State Street Eagles” — PS 32’s student leaders — had been discussing which organizations to allocate their $1500 grant among. Having already focused some of their grant-making on heart and cancer research, the students felt the urge to reach out to animals. The student leaders recognized that many Roundtables focus on dogs or cats, but once they heard about Helping Horses, they realized that horses needed them too. The organization, located in Massapequa, New York, works to save, rehabilitate, and rehome neglected horses that are scheduled to be slaughtered. Ms. Seabre of Helping Horses, Inc. was thrilled by the students’ decision to donate $500 to her organization, commenting that this was the first time she had ever received a grant from young people. At the event in May, she thanked the Roundtable leaders agreeing with them that most people do not immediately think of horses as animals in need, and for that reason, this grant was particularly meaningful to her. Grabbing curry brushes and combs, Ms. Seabre equipped the PS 32 “Eagles” with both the knowledge and skills to groom the horses, and later gave the students snacks to feed the horses. Joyous yelling, laughter, and surprised shrieks at the softness of Sam and Cheetah’s hair filled the schoolyard.



awarded in 2011 to Helping Horses, Inc.

In the afternoon, the students returned to their classrooms shouting that this would be a day to remember. When Penny Harvest Coach Karen Mascetti was asked why she took the extra time to coordinate the visit, she explained that several of her students had a fear of horses and others had never even seen one. Karen viewed the visit and the grant as the beginning of a potentially long-standing relationship between her students and Helping Horses, Inc.

Seeing First-Hand How an Orgnization Makes a Difference PS 48 in Staten Island The Roundtable leaders of PS 48 William C. Wilcox decided immediately that needy animals would be one of the causes they supported this year. Despite the Roundtable’s strong effort to research the issue, Penny Harvest Coach and Parent Coordinator Terry Guthrie knew her 5th grade students needed more information to truly grasp the issue and solution. Thus, for the second consecutive year, Terry planned a trip for her Roundtable leaders, along with two parent chaperones, to visit the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). After making the trek from Staten Island to the Upper East Side, the 19 student leaders

— who call themselves “The 19 Lincolns” — were treated to a presentation and

PS 48 student leaders posing with an ASPCA staff member

question-and-answer session with an ASPCA representative, Beverley Pietrucha. “It was really effective,” remembered Terry. “Beverley came on the bus, spoke to the students and answered almost all of our questions before we even went through the door. The kids listened and were able to understand animal issues much more deeply.” The Roundtable was then divided into two groups to tour the facility. The PS 48 students got to see where the cats and dogs stayed before being adopted, and they witnessed ASPCA staff interacting with the animals. As the day ended, Terry reflected: “I think trips are really important. The kids are able to visualize the issue, see what goes on in these organizations and how important this money is to the organizations. Kids only see these things on TV and won’t really understand until they are there.” The student leaders loved the trip, snapping photos and discussing what they’d learned about how the ASPCA serves all of the animals. The parent chaperones were so impressed that one even adopted a dog!

$290.00 awarded in 2012 to the ASPCA

“Being a Penny Harvest/Roundtable Coach is a lot of work. Yet, we continue to work hard and give up our time to run this program in our school solely because of the results that we see. We love bringing the entire school together to support a cause. We love working with students and watching them become philanthropists. Being the Coaches of a program that offers so many great experiences for students is a special opportunity and we are so happy to be part of it.” Mary Czado & Leslie Freij, Penny Harvest Coaches at PS 112


Learn an Issue, Fund an Issue, Teach an Issue PS 146 in Brooklyn

From organizing a variety show service project in 2009/2010, to encouraging students to create their own water irrigation system in 2010/2011, to facilitating a school-wide museum about community issues in 2011/2012, Coach Penina Hirshman always finds innovative ways to teach more through the Penny Harvest. This year, Penina’s class recycled $1,500 in pennies to go towards a variety of social and environmental issues, including homelessness in their community, rainforest preservation, and endangered wildlife. In addition to making grants to organizations addressing each of these issues, the PS 146 Roundtable students decided they wanted to do something to educate their classmates about the issues they felt so passionately about. The 2nd, 3rd and 5th graders designated a portion of their Roundtable funds for supplies to create two separate in-school museums: one which would teach the school community about the plight of endangered animals, the other to inform their peers about homelessness. Each student on the Roundtable researched an endangered animal and created a visual display featuring the research. Students also conducted interviews with homeless people and created artwork addressing the problem of homelessness in NYC. When the Brooklyn New School Wildlife Museum and Bowery Mission Museum officially opened in May 2012, every class in the school was invited to visit and learn from their peers.


By Nia Challenger 2012 NYC Civic Corps Member


awarded in 2012 to The Rainforest Foundation


awarded in 2012 to Bowery Mission


awarded in 2012 to World Wildlife Fund


allocated in 2012 to fund museum service project

“I am planning on being a Student Leader again next year because I enjoy partaking in this positive revolution to our community.� Arvind, 6th grader at IS 72


Field Notes from a Coach

Change They Can See From Their Window The Family School in The Bronx By Martitia Ornelas Penny Harvest Coach In 2011, first year Penny Harvest Coach Martitia Ornelas facilitated “The Family Roundtable” of ten student leaders, grades K through 3rd. The group allocated $500 in grants and learned a great deal about their community in the process. Martitia explains…

In January, just after the holiday break, Penny Harvest leaders were in my classroom ruminating. One student was at the wall map (courtesy of Doctors Without Borders), using a highlighter to mark geographic areas impacted by various disasters. Her partner was fingering these areas on a globe. Someone else was researching news articles online in search of trouble the Leaders might address. Another was focused on dramatic images via Google. And one was writing a list on chart paper—fast—as ideas came from around the room. The Family School’s Penny Harvest leaders see the world with an impressively wide lens, in no small part due to their international backgrounds. When students think of home, many think of places like Bangladesh, Ghana, the Dominican Republic, or Mexico as much or more than they do The Bronx. One student called out, “Look!” He was pointing at a fat plume of black smoke that was belching into the sky from a roof across the street. All hurried to the fantastically huge windows in our building and stared. “Look, Mrs. Ornelas!” I was busy dialing 311 – not for the first time. “Mrs. Ornelas, is that a fire?” “No, it’s a dirty boiler polluting our air!” I proceeded to explain how oil heat works, and how inadequate maintenance can result in what we were seeing. Several students recalled seeing this kind of smoke near their homes. “There’s one just like that on my street.”


I listened to some general comments about the evils of pollution, then asked if anyone knew a person who struggled with asthma. All hands went up, followed by detailed descriptions of a loved one’s suffering. An outraged first grader said something about making the smoke-spewing building’s owner fix the boiler and “send him to jail.”


awarded in 2011 to Sustainable South Bronx

The online researchers were already googling “pollution” in search of offensive images. After they shared their repulsive finds, I suggested they add our zip code to the search. One of the first hits was Sustainable South Bronx. In hopes this could drive us towards positive action, I asked the Leaders to persevere through the not-especially-kid-friendly website. They read a list of things SSBX does to help make the Bronx a cleaner, greener place. They saw an image of what looked to me like people installing solar panels, so I offered a rudimentary explanation of solar power. Solar power was the catnip concept. At our next meeting, I asked if anyone had identified other organizations serving the community in a way that addressed their concerns. At this point, all were mostly focused on Japan’s double catastrophe, but one student recalled the Leaders’ early agreement to split the harvest between local and international concerns. And someone was already looking out the window in search of bad boiler smoke. After a little more comparative research, it was clear to the group that their local interests would be best served by Sustainable South Bronx. To paraphrase the Penny Harvest Leaders: SSBX doesn’t just go clean up something, it teaches kids and grownups how to make positive, lasting changes in their environment, and helps everyone enjoy a more safe and beautiful world.

“I have witnessed the transformation the Penny Harvest creates in children. The experience empowers children who often feel powerless over their environment. It enhances their empathy for others and helps them realize that they can make a difference. It is so comprehensive and creative, with the children taking the lead on so many innovations. It is wonderful to be a Coach.” Helaine Eisenberg, PH Coach at PS 146 41







Total amount of money awarded to community organizations addressing health issues



Number of grants awarded by students for health issues



Number of neighborhood service projects in which students participated



Penny Harvest students often make grants to organizations which promote a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being. Grants regularly include funding for scientific research of diseases like leukemia and HIV/AIDS. Students also focus on promoting the health of children through exercise and nutrition, through creating healthy food campaigns within their schools, and by donating money to organizations that educate the public about various diseases and disabilities.


Number of community organizations that received grants from students $308.69


Average amount of money awarded per grant 45

Field Notes from Our Staff

Long-Standing Partnership Helps Students See Possibilities PS 56 in Staten Island In 2012, the Roundtable leaders of PS 56, known as “Farah’s Fantastic Philanthropists” (for their Penny Harvest Coach, Anne Marie Farah), elected to continue their longstanding relationship with Lifestyles for the Disabled. Lifestyles for the Disabled is a non-profit organization that works to provide intellectually disabled adults with realistic work settings and experiences within the Staten Island community. Their partnership with the students of PS 56 includes a year-long planting project that has students involved at every step from sowing the seeds, to cultivating the plants, to actually planting them in the school’s courtyard. But this project is not just about flowers. The relationship with Lifestyles for the Disabled is particularly meaningful for “Farah’s Fantastic Philanthropists” because they are all special needs students. Working with Lifestyles for the Disabled gives the children an opportunity to work alongside adults who experienced similar challenges growing up, and they are able to see that anything is possible for them in the future. In turn, the adults are able to contribute to their community in a positive way and have the chance to teach and mentor a younger generation of students. In addition to the planting project that the students and adults worked on together throughout the year, the PS 56 Roundtable leaders donated $600 to the Lifestyles for the Disabled organization. They hoped that their grant will help with the operation of the organization’s greenhouse, café, laundry facilities, woodworking shop, as well as improving activities for seniors.


By Kathleen Lynch 2012 NYC Civic Corps Member


awarded in 2012 for Lifestyles for the Disabled

Student’s Courage Inspires a Campaign John Lavelle Prep Charter School in Staten Island

In 2011, the “Lavelle Leaders” of first-time Penny Harvest school John W. Lavelle Prep found inspiration for one of their eleven service projects at a YMCA smoke-free assembly hosted by their school. During the assembly, the YMCA representatives offered suggestions for ways children can help their loved ones quit smoking. One student became very emotional during the presentation because she had lost her mother two years earlier to smoking-related cancer. With support from her peers, she found the strength to stay for the whole presentation. By the end of the assembly, this student actually felt encouraged; she decided to share her story with her peers hoping that it could help motivate others to quit smoking. When this student’s story reached the Roundtable’s attention, they offered their help to the cause. Because the student’s mother loved flowers and the color purple, the “Lavelle Leaders” decided to use a portion of their Roundtable funds to buy seeds and purple construction paper. For Mother’s Day, the student leaders made purple cards out of construction paper and sold the seeds. The seeds became a symbol of their “Stop Smoking” campaign: they told seed buyers to nurture and care for the plants with their fellow student’s story in mind.

By Candace DeTroia 2011 NYC Civic Corps Member

“The Penny Harvest allows our children to work together in a group from various grades, backgrounds, and levels of achievement. It continues to provide the fundamental foundation for our children to become future leaders and to build a lifetime of volunteerism.” Amy Hom, Principal at Alfred E. Smith Elementary School


allocated in 2011 for the “Stop Smoking” Campaign and service project


Coping with Grief through Philanthrophy PS 75 in Manhattan

By David Inkeles 2012 NYC Civic Corps Member


awarded in 2012 to Child Life This was Lisa Nord’s first year as a Penny Harvest Coach at PS 75 The Emily Dickinson School, and she finished the year in awe of her students’ passion for philanthropy and generosity. The student leaders, all 4th and 5th graders, decided to donate a large portion of their Roundtable funds to New York-Presbyterian Hospital’s Child Life program. They were drawn to the needs of children with serious illnesses because one of their peers, who still had two siblings at the school, had passed away earlier in the year from leukemia. In the spring, the Roundtable leaders met with Jennifer Grannis of Child Life, a program with the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital at New York-Presbyterian, to talk specifics of their philanthropic ideas. Lisa explained that her “students asked wonderful, mature questions that they had decided upon in a previous meeting — and asked some off-the-cuff questions as well (including how Jennifer goes to work every day knowing that children she works with are very sick and will likely die). After Jennifer let them know that 100% of the money would be used to buy things for the children in the hospital and their siblings — including toys, games, movies, nail polish, art supplies — the Child Life program became their clear choice.” When asked what she believed the ultimate reason her students chose to give to Child Life was, Lisa explained, “the students wanted to pick an organization that they felt helped kids, just like themselves, be able to be kids while going through treatment.” On Monday, May 7th, the Roundtable held a Check Award Ceremony with the family members of the child who had died of leukemia, Ms. Grannis of Child Life, and City Council Member Gale Brewer. At the assembly, students spoke about their decision-making process and presented Ms. Grannis with a $700 check — both the official version and a poster-sized copy. The Roundtable leaders received some gifts too: a “Young Philanthropist Certificate” from the hospital, as well as words of praise from their teachers, principal, and Council Member Brewer for being leaders within their community and for learning how to make wise decisions at such a young age. 48

Finally, the mother of the PS 75 student who passed away stood up to personally thank the Roundtable on behalf of her family. Fred, a 5th grader, summed up his experiences as a Roundtable leader this year by saying, “The most important thing I learned as a student leader is that not everyone has a life as good as mine and we have to help those people out.”

Valentines that Save Lives PS 19 in Staten Island By Kathleen Lynch 2012 NYC Civic Corps Member

2012 was the third year in a row that the “Young Helpers of PS 19” organized a blood drive in their community through the New York Blood Center. This year, because the drive was to happen on February 13th, the students chose a Valentine’s Day theme, encouraging community members to “Give the Gift of Life! Donate Blood” for Valentine’s Day.

The students organized the drive with the help of staff, family members, and veteran Penny Harvest Coach Jeanne Raleigh. Student leaders created posters, door hangers, and beaded bracelets to help promote the blood drive in their community. Their publicity work paid off: the “Young Helpers” registered 39 blood donors and got commitments from several more volunteers for bone marrow swipes. The students were also instrumental on the day of the drive by registering donors, assisting with paperwork, and making the donors feel welcome and comfortable. To go along with their theme, the “Young Helpers” also wrote heartfelt Valentines to give to every blood donor. The New York Blood Center was so thrilled with the work of PS 19 The Curtis School students that they chose to publicly recognize the young philanthropists at a Brooklyn Cyclones vs. Staten Island Yankees minor league baseball game at MCU Field in Brooklyn. In addition to the game, a representative from the New York Blood Center visited PS 19 to personally deliver “Little Doctor” awards to all of the Roundtable leaders.

“I love being on the Roundtable because it is a privilege. We work hard to help people in need and it’s not easy. The best part about being on the Roundtable is the faces on the organization members when they get their checks or when we do a service project to help people in need.” James, 5th grader at PS 112 49

The Health Concerns of Penny Harvest Schools


How Penny Harvest Students Divided Their Philanthropy Among Health Concerns:

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Individuals in the Community $7,260.86

Prevention, Awareness, & Advocacy

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Disaster Relief

There are disasters, big and small, affecting communities every day — earthquakes, hurricanes, apartment fires. But no matter where the disaster, from the beaches of Phuket, Thailand, to the city blocks of The Bronx, students are willing to lend a hand. Not only do students regularly donate funds to international disaster relief organizations, but when disaster strikes in their communities, students are often among the first responders, quickly rallying to raise additional money to support relief efforts.

Number of community organizations that received grants from students $240.11


Average amount of money awarded per grant 53

Field Notes from Our Staff

The First Call to the First Responders Hotline The New School for Leadership and Journalism in The Bronx

Knowing that every year some Penny Harvest schools face unexpected tragedies in their communities, Common Cents launched a new pilot program — the First Responders Hotline. A small amount of Penny Harvest money was set aside to help schools cope with these situations. The purpose of the Hotline is for schools to contact the program office when a setback occurs giving the Penny Harvest staff the chance to develop deeper and more effective student and school responses through service and philanthropy. Sharrone Usher, the Penny Harvest Coach for PS 244 The New School for Leadership and Journalism, was the first to reach out to the First Responders Hotline in the spring of 2012. She shared with us the news of a tragedy in her school: Justin Bravo, a beloved 7th and 8th grade Social Studies teacher, had been in a fatal motorcycle accident. Mr. Bravo was described by his students as a teacher who always arrived at school full of energy and contagious positivity: “He wanted the best for us, he wanted to see us all graduate and go to college,” remembered Sara-Jane Owuso, an 8th grade student. The entire school community was grieving, and Sharrone wanted advice on how she and the Penny Harvest student leaders could best support the rest of the school. Along with the Principal, Dolores Peterson, Sharrone and her student representatives at PS 244 decided that Mr. Bravo’s inspirational spirit would best be commemorated by planting a tree in his honor in the spring, and then in the fall, holding a ceremony where students would dedicate a plaque in his memory. Ready to support and help out with the school’s response, Common Cents secured the assistance of Richard Cabo, Manager of The Arthur Ross Citywide Nursery of The NYC Department of Parks and Recreation. Mr. Cabo was instrumental in facilitating the planting process, providing the Cucumber Magnolia Tree seeds, topsoil, woodchips, and surrounding flowers, not to mention a NYC Parks Department crew — all pro-bono.


By David Inkeles 2012 NYC Civic Corps Member

The memorial planting ceremony at the end of May was a truly powerful display of community. Over 100 students, teachers, and administrators gathered together to celebrate the life of a valued member of their school. Mr. Bravo’s homeroom students dug the hole and planted the seeds, with help from Mr. Cabo and the Parks Dept. crew, and a number of students and faculty shared their memories of Mr. Bravo as the seeds were planted. The Common Cents office is still assessing this experience in order to institutionalize the First Responder approach for future school needs.

Thinking Long-Term and Preparing for the Unexpected PS 189 in Manhattan A school that has taken pre-emptive measures against unexpected dangers or misfortunes is PS 189 in Manhattan. Since the 2002/2003 school year, the PS 189 Roundtable students — who call themselves “Climbing Up to Success in the Heights” — have consistently put a portion of their Penny Harvest dollars towards an emergency fund. Penny Harvest coach Silvia Suerro explained, “The students made it a point to reflect on their fellow classmates during the Roundtable process. They know who can’t afford coats in the winter or pay for a doctor’s check up. And they certainly want to be prepared for when an apartment fire wreaks havoc; they understand they could lose everything in an instant.” The emergency fund allows student leaders to respond immediately when a need arises in their school community.

By David Dillon 2011 NYC Civic Corps Member


allocated in 2011 to School Emergency Fund


allocated in 2012 to School Emergency Fund

A Roundtable’s Quick-Thinking for a Family in Need PS 97 in Brooklyn

By Candace DeTroia 2011 NYC Civic Corps Member

Over the years, the “H.E.L.P.” Roundtable at PS 97 The Highlawn has supported a variety of causes, including foster families, homeless children, abandoned animals, and food pantries. However, in 2011 the Roundtable decided to contribute their Penny Harvest funds to a need closer to home. One of the Roundtable leaders, Cindy, writes about their decision-making process: “PS 97 has helped many causes over the years but this year, 2011, has been very different from the others. Unfortunately a student who attended the school at the time passed away due to a tragic sickness called leukemia. At first the Roundtable had decided to give the money we raised through the Penny Harvest to a cause called The Peter Pan Children’s Fund. But when we found out about the death of a young student in our school, we were glad to give his family a Roundtable grant to help them cover the funeral and other expenses.”


awarded in 2011 to a family in the school 55

The 2011 Global Relief Fund and Conference for Japan Following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Penny Harvest students in New York City studied recovery efforts and generously donated over $36,000 to three exceptional organizations on the ground.

Students take diligent notes as they listen to the speakers from Ashinga, Iwate Yuicco, and IVY advocate for their organizations and ask for the students’ financial support.

On March 11th, 2011, the Tohoku (Northeastern) region of Japan was devastated by a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami. While the tragedy impacted everyone in the region, it dealt an especially difficult hand to the children of Tohoku, thousands of whom were left homeless, orphaned, and displaced. But their need for help did not go unheeded. Within days of the disaster, Penny Harvest students throughout the five boroughs of New York City began organizing in their schools. Some chose to raise funds through bake sales and other drives, while a large number of students and Coaches called the Common Cents offices requesting assistance and offering suggestions for developing a citywide response through the Penny Harvest. 56

Working with partner organizations and knowledgeable Penny Harvest Coaches, Common Cents quickly developed curricular materials around a set of eligible organizations working on the ground in Japan to bring immediate relief. We also created a Japan Earthquake Global Relief Fund, and sent letters to all Penny Harvest Roundtables urging student leaders to consider pledging a portion of their collections to the fund for Japan.

The organizations were: Ashinaga, a Japan-based non-profit which provides educational, financial, and emotional support for the young people who were orphaned by the disaster; Iwate Yuicco, a network working to support the recovery efforts in the Tohoku region by providing resources and activities to create a sense of normalcy amidst the chaos; and the International Volunteer Center of Yamagata (IVY), an NGO which runs a unique Cash for Work program.

As has been the case with some of the more devastating tragedies over the past two decades, the response from our Penny Harvesters was enormous. In all, student leaders from 166 Penny Harvest schools committed $36,309.24 to the Global Relief Fund for Japan in 2011.

As students listened to representatives from each organization present, they diligently took notes keeping track of the pros and cons of each program’s approach. After the presentations, the students were treated to an authentic Japanese lunch provided by Moms United for Japan. Once all appetites had been satiated and plates had been cleared, the participants broke into traditional Penny Harvest Roundtable discussions, engaging in meaningful debates on how to best allocate the amassed funds among the three organizations. Students took into account the impact each organization would have on the Miyagi prefecture, where Japanese citizens were — and continue to be — in desperate need of support. Each mini-Roundtable then voted on how they believed the Global Relief Fund should be distributed.

On April 30th 2011, shortly after the first annual Run for Change!, over 200 students, from kindergarten through high school, congregated at Stuyvesant High School for the Global Relief Conference. The Conference, an annual event which ran from 1996 through 2005 at the United Nations Headquarters, has traditionally been an opportunity for older student leaders to gather around a specific and pressing global need. During the conference, several organizations present their model and approach and then the students debate the merits of each organization, ultimately deciding how to distribute the Global Relief Fund. In 2011, The Global Relief Conference ran in more or less the same way. With help from the Japanese Center for International Exchange, Penny Harvest students were briefed by three Japanese NGOs that specialize in relief and recovery efforts and were working specifically in response to the earthquake and tsunami.

Ultimately, the Global Relief student participants decided that all three of the organizations were worthy of their support and decided to split their $36,309.24 fund, donating $11,485.17 to Ashinaga; $9,869.72 to Iwate Yuicco; and $8,985.35 to IVY. Whether at home, or in a completely different hemisphere, Penny Harvest students continue to find creative ways to combat issues that plague humanity.

PS 310 in The Bronx Bake Sale for Japan The “Fast and Fierce” Penny Harvest student leaders at PS 310 Marble Hill in The Bronx held a bake sale and raised $867.29 for Japan, donating their funds to the Red Cross. They also brought all the unsold goodies from the bake sale to Concourse House, a women’s shelter in the neighborhood.

IS 528 in Manhattan Paper Cranes

In his more than twenty years of witnessing students respond to crisis, founder Teddy Gross attested to the power and compassion Penny Harvest students possess: “A crisis has the power to thwart the progress of a schools’ culture and attitude, but over the years I’ve seen students take that negativity and flip it on its side. If a friend falls victim to an apartment fire or an entire country is devastated by an earthquake, we’ve seen students turn to the Penny Harvest as a means to help, and also heal.”

To support the Global Relief Fund, the students at IS 529 The Bea Fuller Rodgers School held a fundraising event, folding wish-filled paper cranes to be “adopted” at 50 cents each and sent to Japan as a “sendadsuru” chain along with their monetary donation. According to their Penny Harvest Coach, the grant-making process has fostered in many of the student leaders new skills in research, organization, public speaking, and decision-making.

PS 211 in The Bronx By David Dillon & David Inkeles

Hands for Japan PS 211 middle school students sold “hands for Japan” — decorated hand cutouts to raise proceeds for Japan. They donated the money they raised to the Global Relief Fund for Japan and attended the GRC Conference after the Run for Change! in 2011.







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Human Rights Human Rights are rights that are ours simply because we are human. For Penny Harvesters, Human Rights is a broad category which includes, among other things, grants and service projects addressing the needs of victims of domestic violence, promoting social justice, and providing access to the necessities of life: food, water, and shelter.


Number of community organizations that received grants from students $285.75


Average amount of money awarded per grant 59

Field Notes from Our Staff

A Winning Combination of Philanthropy and Service PS 1 in Manhattan By David Inkeles 2012 NYC Civic Corps Member


The West Side Campaign Against Hunger (WSCAH) was only one of eleven community based organizations that PS 1 chose to donate a portion of their $1,000 Roundtable fund to in 2012. But in addition to allocating $100 to supplement WSCAH’s meal program, students from the 2nd and 5th grades collected canned and non-perishable foods to stock the organization’s pantry, and they made a visit to the organization to deliver their gift and learn more about what they do. When the student leaders arrived at the West Side Campaign Against Hunger for their visit in the Spring, they came armed with the canned goods they had collected and also with intelligent questions for the staff. After being tested by the staff on their knowledge of the food pyramid, students sorted food items accordingly, and even learned a couple healthy recipes from the organization’s in-house cooking crew. While at WSCAH, students were also exposed to City Harvest, a like-minded organization, and were able to glean even more about the way other organizations combat the issue of hunger in New York City — an issue that is very important to the student leadership team at PS 1. The “Penny Harvest Helping Team” of PS 1 maximized the impact of their $100 community grant by incorporating service and education and built a connection with WSCAH that will hopefully last for years to come. While this type of service grant is not uncommon for our Penny Harvest schools, what is relatively unique to PS 1 The Alfred E. Smith School is the fact that the school’s student leadership group incorporates both those from the oldest grade in the school (5th graders) as well as some of the youngest students (2nd graders). This multi-grade approach came full circle at the Check Award Ceremony when those very same 5th grade leaders passed along Student Leader certificates to the 2nd graders, along with some wise words of advice about successful Penny Harvesting.


awarded in 2012 to West Side Campaign Against Hunger

First-Time School Starts Lasting Partnership PS 169 in The Bronx

It’s not only Penny Harvesters who benefit and learn from their participation in the Penny Harvest and Roundtable; the community organizations which Roundtables support also feel the impact of students’ commitment and generosity. For example, in 2011 Care for the Homeless (CFH) received a whopping $1,700 in donations from Penny Harvest schools in each of the five boroughs. “The grants from Penny Harvest [schools] are such a vital part of what we are able to do at Care for the Homeless. Not only does it enable us to provide health education to homeless people in New York City, but it also helps fund dental screenings and immunizations for homeless children that live in the family shelters we serve,” said Development Associate Ryan Brinson who visited at least one Penny Harvest school in each borough during the 2010/2011 school year. Brinson, who started at CFH last spring, presented to Roundtables throughout the city within his first few months with the organization. When asked how else students could help out his organization in addition to their grant-making, Brinson pointed to a specific school, PS 169 Baychester Academy in The Bronx, who had gone above and beyond simple grant-making: “At PS 169, the Penny Harvest student leaders gathered 260 books that CFH is now able to give to children in family shelters all over NYC. Not only that, but they provided books for every age group, just to ensure that no child would be left out of the joys of reading.”

By Joshua Kahn 2011 NYC Civic Corps Member

When Brinson came back to PS 169 in the spring, the entire school (PreK through 2nd grade) attended the check presentation ceremony and jubilantly roared in applause as the student leaders presented him with the $400 check for Care for the Homeless. “PS 169 is only Kindergarten to 2nd grade and for those students to raise $400 and gather over 200 books in their first at-bat with the Penny Harvest is beyond incredible,” reminisced Brinson about his trip to the school. In 2012, PS 169 student leaders continued their commitment to CFH by donating $300 of their Roundtable funds to support its programs.


awarded in 2011 to Care for the Homeless


awarded in 2012 to Care for the Homeless

Brinson was also surprised to learn that it was the school’s first time participating in the Penny Harvest: “For a school that was participating in the program for the first time, it is pretty incredible and it speaks volumes about not only the kids at the school, but of the commitment of the teachers and parents to train children to be philanthropists no matter how young they are.”


The Gift That Keeps on Lending The Calhoun School in Manhattan

In 2011, the Calhoun School’s Roundtable started a new partnership with another student group in their school allowing them to double up on the number of people they could help through their philanthropy. The Upper School Roundtable decided to fund KIVA, a micro financing organization that helps entrepreneurs globally. Through the KIVA club, student leaders on the Roundtable learned more about financial literacy. In addition to giving grants to individuals, the club receives repayments from entrepreneurs who have previously received their loans, thus adding to the potluck of cash available for future microloans. “Once a week, the KIVA club and its members gather together to lend to people all across the world, typically in $25 loans. During the forty minutes that we meet, we try to lend to people who seem to need the money most and fit our guidelines,” explained 7th grade student leader, Sacha Rogosin. So what are the KIVA club’s guidelines? “We tend to loan to women across the globe because women are under appreciated in many countries and we also loan to groups of people because that benefits even more people, thus honoring our goal,” said Sacha. Besides the Penny Harvest grant and the loan repayments they receive, the KIVA club and the Roundtable bring in additional income through the school’s “Chair the Wealth” club (see image). According to Sacha, the organization builds mini Adirondack chairs made by the 6th graders and then the teacher leaders of the KIVA club, David and Andres, put the chairs up on a website (also designed by 6th graders) for parents and others in the community to purchase. The money made from chair sales goes directly to the KIVA club fund. 62

By Joshua Kahn 2011 NYC Civic Corps Member


awarded in 2011 to Calhoun KIVA Club

Through KIVA, the student leaders of the Calhoun School hope to reach as many people as they possibly can. In line with the Penny Harvest mission, Sacha proclaims, “I believe that the KIVA club has a large impact on communities around the world, and that is our goal: to help as many people as we possibly can, directly or indirectly.”

More Helpings for the “Chicken and Rice Man” The Razi School in Queens

The 7 train isn’t the only thing that connects the diverse communities of Queens. In 2011, the Razi School, a PreK-12 Islamic School located in Woodside partnered with An Angel in Queens to help feed day laborers, migrant workers, and the unemployed in their neighborhood. Known by his neighbors as the “chicken and rice man” or simply “Colombia,” founder Jorge Munoz delivers nightly hot meals to dozens of hungry people. A program that began out of the compassion of the Munoz family to feed their neighbors, Munoz has been nationally recognized for his efforts to combat the hardships day laborers face. Barack Obama recently honored Munoz with the Presidential Citizens Medal, an award given to 13 Americans who are dedicated to service, the second-highest civilian honor.


awarded in 2011 to An Angel in Queens

By Ashley Prather 2011 NYC Civic Corps Member

The $175 grant the Roundtable students committed was enough for one day’s lunch for 100 laborers, but Yasharah was eager to do more to raise awareness in her neighborhood about the pressing needs. She contacted her local Stop & Shop, sharing her desire to help Munoz feed their neighbors. The Stop & Shop gave $25 to the cause – enough for the students to provide cookies for all 100 day laborers. “I think they were supportive because they heard that the project was for a really local issue,” said Yasharah. “Every little thing counts. I think that our project made a big impact on those we fed, and hopefully inspired others to do the same.”

The student leaders at The Razi School were inspired by Munoz’s commitment to service in their neighborhood. “Day laborers often go unrecognized within our community,” explained Faiza Masood, a sixteen-year-old student leader. “A lot of times we try to help lots of people around the world, but we don’t recognize those who are going through hard times within our own community.” After interviewing Munoz and learning that he uses about $200 from his own weekly paycheck to feed the hungry, The Razi School Roundtable students decided to take action. “I think the group as a whole wanted not only to raise money for causes, but do something tangible,” said Yasharah Raza, a fifteen-year-old student leader. “After meeting with the founder of An Angel in Queens, we decided that his cause was very beneficial to day laborers in New York. We wanted to help Mr. Munoz with his noble cause by making 100 bagged lunches with a nutritious meal. Many day-laborers work very hard but cannot afford food because they are not paid well.”


Penny Harvest Students Study Hunger While Fighting It Each year, many Penny Harvest Roundtables choose to focus their grant-making and service on hunger issues — locally, nationally, and globally. One way in which Common Cents has supported this philanthropic trend is through the Full Pantry Project. Beginning in 2009, Common Cents matched interested schools with their nearest food pantry and challenged them to donate 10% ($100) of their Philanthropy Roundtable budget to help families in need and to develop relationships with these neighborhood institutions. Common Cents also delivered a social studies curriculum on nutrition to every participating school to enhance student learning. In the first year, over 300 schools adopted their local food pantry, not only donating portions of their Roundtable funds, but many of them also planning service projects and developing ongoing relationships with the pantries. In 2012, 84 new schools requested to be matched with their local food pantry and began building a community partnership.


How Penny Harvest Students Divided Their Philanthropy Among Hunger Concerns:

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Number of community organizations that received grants from students $320.00

The Elderly Senior Citizens are an often overlooked group in society. Children, who are compassionate, curious, and full of energy, can provide much joy to them. The Penny Harvest offers students many opportunities to visit senior centers and nursing homes to spend time with elderly people. Grants and service projects in this area range from providing funds for recreational activities for seniors, to making healthcare checkups more available to the elderly, to making weekly visits to the local nursing home to offer companionship.


Average amount of money awarded per grant 67

Poems, Bingo, and Shamrocks John Lavelle Prep Charter School in Staten Island

In 2010/2011, John W. Lavelle Prep Charter School was a first year Penny Harvest school, but the “Lavelle Leaders” were not short on grant-making ideas or enthusiasm for service. When they realized that a number of the Penny Harvest leaders had recently lost their grandparents, or never knew their grandparents because they had passed away when they were very young, the community service club became interested in helping the elderly community. The students decided to “Adopt a Senior” by visiting the local nursing home in their Staten Island community on St. Patrick’s Day. The students played bingo, read poetry, and made shamrocks with the seniors who didn’t have family members to come visit them. After their first visit, the “Lavelle Leaders” began to understand the importance of having rich relationships with the elderly and they were inspired to do more for the elderly community and grandparents in general by creating a Grandparents Day event at their school. It was important for many students to say thank you to their grandparents, many of whom were the heads of household. Students also expressed a desire for their families to come to their school for a happy occasion — rather than because they were in trouble. During Grandparents Day, the Lavelle Prep students served the grandparents food and beverages and put on an assembly during which they read poems about what having a grandparent means to them, how special their grandparents are, and how much they appreciate them.


By Candace DeTroia 2011 NYC Civic Corps Member

“The impact that Penny Harvest students have on their communities is priceless. They are the future leaders of New York City and should be commended as so.” Diahann Billing-Burford, Chief NYC Service Officer

Dancing the Knights Away PS 87 in Queens By Joshua Kahn 2011 NYC Civic Corps Member

One day, in the spring of 2011, after all of the Roundtable decisions had been made and the grants had been doled out, PS 87’s “Knights of the Roundtable” joyfully marched and sang their way into the Middle Village Senior Adult Center, sporting blue and green shirts that read: PS87 Cares. For the 8th graders, it was their second and even third time at the Center, but for the 6th graders it was their very first.

“Your kids are so cute, I can’t wait for the next time they come visit us,” one of the seniors told Nick Dagnell, the Penny Harvest Coach, on their way out. Sure enough, in 2012, the “Knights of the Roundtable” continued to support the Middle Village Adult Center, donating $700 of their enormous $2,400 Penny Harvest pot to purchase day-to-day necessities for the home-bound seniors.

The group of 15 students was split with the 6th graders receiving a tour from the Center’s director, Rabbi Levi and the 8th graders immediately heading for the sweltering kitchen to help prepare lunch for the seniors. In the kitchen, the 8th graders busily helped the head chef prepare a lunch of baked chicken, string beans, and potatoes. The 6th graders checked out the chair lift that their $400 grant to the Center helped pay for. Then they joined the seniors for a line dancing class led by the neighborhood butcher and his wife. “I love dancing with the seniors because I feel older and they feel younger,” said student leader, Vivian. The room filled with excited noise as the children and seniors laughed and exchanged jokes in between dancing instructions from the butcher-turned-dance-teacher. When it was finally lunchtime, the “Knights of the Roundtable” presented the check for $400 to Rabbi Levi and the entire staff of the Middle Village Adult Center. They also shared the good news from one of their other Roundtable projects: they had received funding from the Chancellor himself to build a ramp at their school. This meant that the Center seniors could now easily come visit PS 87 Middle Village for school plays or other events in future years.


awarded in 2011 to Middle Village Adult Center


awarded in 2012 to Middle Village Adult Center 69

Top 40 for the Over 80 ...With Love PS 253 in Brooklyn

For five weeks starting in May 2012, “The Donators” of PS 253 visited the Shoreview Nursing Home on Saturday mornings to do gardening projects, play games, and share stories with the elderly members of their local community. According to Coach Melissa Musman, after the first Saturday, the students loved their project so much that they went back the next day on their own. This year’s partnership culminated on a Saturday morning in June when the 21 4th and 5th grade Roundtable students revealed that they were not only philanthropists, but singers too! “The Donators” treated their senior friends to their renditions of Katy Perry’s “Fireworks,” Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep,” and other Top 40 hits. This was the students’ final send-off of the school year at the nursing home. After an encore performance, the students switched gears again and reminded the enthralled crowd of seniors of their philanthropic work. One student took the mic, telling the crowd: “We are so glad to be here and share our hearts with you. We gave you all a lot of money” — the students had donated $1500 worth of gifts, including wheelchair blankets and crochet kits — “so you know we care about you.” PS 253’s partnership with the Shoreview Nursing Home has been going strong since 2008, and there seems to be no end in sight: This year’s students are already thinking about volunteering during the summer and getting started on even bigger projects for the fall.


By Michael Karp 2012 NYC Civic Corps Member


awarded in 2011 to Shoreview Nursing Home


awarded in 2012 to Shoreview Nursing Home

An Intergenerational Garden Grows in Manhattan PS 112 in Manhattan By Candace DeTroia 2011 NYC Civic Corps Member

PS 112 has formed a strong relationship with the seniors at Casabe Senior Center in East Harlem. In 2011, for the second year in a row the student leaders, Kindergarten through 2nd graders, went to the nursing home to plant with the seniors, and also invited the seniors to come to the school and plant in their playground’s planters. On one hot spring day, the student leaders and seniors gathered together to create their garden. The seniors taught the PS 112 “Penny Angels” how to dig a hole in the dirt and how to effectively water their plants. The student leaders also took turns showing some of the Pre-K classes, the students who would take over care and leadership of the planters next year, what they had just learned. The Pre-K students lined up with excitement to learn from their elders (of both generations) and get a chance to plant their own little flower. After planting in the hot sun, the group went indoors and the students presented their senior friends with scrapbooks which included photos of the students and seniors planting together and messages describing their experience of the day. The seniors were so thrilled to receive their scrapbooks and certificates that before the ceremony had even finished, the Casabe House Director and PS 112 Penny Harvest Coach had already begun discussing plans for the next year. Indeed, the partnership did continue in 2012 as the PS 112 “Penny Angels” pledged $400 of their Roundtable funds to the Casabe House, and purchased additional plants and soil to touch up the garden in the seniors’ sitting area.


awarded in 2011 to Casabe House

“The Penny Harvest has changed me because it has given me a chance to help my community in ways no kid could ever think they could do.” Cameron, Penny Harvest leader at Washington Middle School, Seattle


awarded in 2012 to Casabe House




Participating Schools All schools participated in both 2010/2011 and 2011/2012 unless otherwise noted. * Participated only in 2010/2011 ^ Participated only in 2011/2012 Schools of Excellence are in bold.



Accion Academy Antonia Pantoja Preparatory Academy Baychester Academy Baychester Middle School ^ Bronx Community High School Bronx High School of Business * Bronx Leadership Academy High School * Bronx Little School Bronx School of Science Inquiry & Investigatation Christopher Columbus High School Cornerstone Academy for Social Action E.S.M.T. - IS 190 Eagle Academy for Young Men ^ Entrada Academy * Felisa Rincon de Gautier Institute Frederick Douglass Academy V. Middle School Grant Avenue Elementary School * Hostos-Lincoln Academy of Science * Icahn Charter School * In-Tech Academy (MS/HS 368) ^ International School for Liberal Arts IS 117 Joseph H. Wade IS 151 Lou Gehrig Academy IS 181 Pablo Casals IS 229 Roland Patterson IS X318 Math, Science & Technology Through Arts J. M. Rapport School Career Development ^ JHS 123 James M. Kieran ^ JHS 127 The Castle Hill JHS 131 Albert Einstein JHS 166 Roberto Clemente * JHS 80 The Mosholu Parkway * Jonas Bronck Academy Jonathan Levin HS for Media and Communications Kappa Kappa III Mott Hall Community School ^ MS 203 ^ MS 206 Ann Mersereau MS X101 Edward R. Byrne One World Middle School ^ Peace and Diversity Academy ^

PS 103 Hector Fontanez PS 105 Sen Abraham Bernstein PS 107 * PS 108 Philip J. Abinanti PS 109 Sedgwick * PS 110 Theodore Schoenfeld PS 111 Seton Falls* PS 112 Bronxwood PS 119 * PS 126 Dr. Marjorie H Dunbar PS 129 Twin Parks Upper PS 130 Abram Stevens Hewitt PS 132 Garret A. Morgan * PS 138 Samuel Randall PS 153 Helen Keller PS 154 Jonathan D. Hyatt PS 157 Grove Hill PS 159 Luis Munoz Marin Biling PS 16 Wakefield PS 160 Walt Disney PS 163 Arthur A. Schomburg * PS 173 Langston Hughes Young Exploratory Academy PS 175 City Island PS 178 - Dr. Selman Waksman PS 188 at HS790 ^ PS 19 Judith K. Weiss PS 196 PS 198 PS 199X - The Shakespeare School PS 2 Morrisania * PS 20 P.O. George J. Werdan III PS 205 Fiorello Laguardia PS 207 * PS 209 PS 21 Philip H. Sheridan PS 211 PS 226 PS 230 Dr. Roland N. Patterson * PS 24 Spuyten Duyvil PS 246 Poe Center PS 25 Bilingual School

PS 277 ^ PS 28 Mount Hope * PS 30 Wilton PS 304 Early Childhood School PS 306 PS 310 Marble Hill PS 315 Lab School PS 32 Belmont PS 333 The Museum School * PS 340 ^ PS 35 Franz Siegel PS 36 Unionport PS 369 Young Leaders Elementary School PS 42 Claremont * PS 44 David C. Farragut * PS 46 Edgar Allan Poe PS 48 Joseph R. Drake PS 49 The Willis Avenue School PS 5 Port Morris PS 50 Clara Barton * PS 51 Bronx New School PS 53 Basheer Quisim PS 55 Benjamin Franklin PS 56 Norwood Heights PS 57 Crescent * PS 61 Francisco Oller PS 62 Inocensio Casanova PS 63 Author’s Academy PS 64 Pura Belpre PS 67 Mohegan School PS 69 The New Vision School PS 7 Kingsbridge PS 70 Max Schoenfeld PS 71 Rose E. Scala PS 72 Dr. William Dorney PS 723 PS 73 PS 75 * PS 76 The Bennington School PS 78 Anne Hutchinson PS 81 Robert J. Christen PS 83 Donald Hertz

PS 85 Great Expectations * PS 86 Kingsbridge Heights ^ PS 87 PS 9 Ryer Avenue Elementary School PS 90 George Meany * PS 91 * PS 95 Sheila Mencher * PS 96 Richard Rodgers PS 97 PS X10 PS X114 Luis Llorens Torres Schools PS X14 Senator John Calandra PS X15 Institute for Environmental Learning PS X17 PS X176 PS X188 PS X811 PS X88 S. Silverstein Little Sparrow School PS/IS 218 Rafael Hernandez Dual Language School PS/IS 54 PS/MS 4 Crotona Park West Riverdale/Kingsbridge Academy (MS/HS 141) Riverdale Country School Samuel Gompers Career & Technical Education High School ^ SAR Academy Science & Technology Academy: A Mott Hall School Sheridan Academy For Young Leaders The Academy of the Arts * The Angelo Patri Middle School ^ The Bronx Mathematics Preparatory School The Family School * The Forward School The Hunts Point School The New School for Leadership and Journalism The School for Inquiry and Social Justice ^ The School of Science and Applied Learning University Heights HS Urban Assembly Academy of Civic Engagement ^ West Bronx Academy for the Future *

Brooklyn Academy For Health Careers * Academy of Business and Community Development Agnes Y. Humphrey School For Leadership * Al-Noor School Andries Hudde Bedford Academy High School Bedford Stuyvesant New Beginnings Charter School ^ Bedford Stuyvesant Preparatory High School ^ Brooklyn Academy of Science and the Environment * Brooklyn Adult Learning Center Brooklyn College Academy Brooklyn Friends School Brooklyn International High School ^ Brooklyn School for Music & Theatre ^ Brooklyn School Of Inquiry ^ Dr. Susan S. McKinney Secondary School of the Arts East Flatbush Community Research School * East New York Middle School Of Excellence ^ Elijah Stroud Middle School * Excellence Charter School of Bedford Stuyvesant FDNY High School for Fire and Life Safety * Fort Greene Preparatory Academy ^ Freedom Academy High School ^ General D. Chappie James Elementary School of Science George Westinghouse Career & Technical HS ^ Hellenic Classical Charter School High School for Medical Professions ^ High School for Public Service: Heroes of Tomorrow High School of Telecommunication Arts and Technology * HS for Service & Learning at Erasmus ^ IS 136 Charles O. Dewey * IS 211 John Wilson IS 228 David A. Boody IS 285 Meyer Levin IS 30 Mary White Ovington IS 318 Eugenio Maria De Hostos * IS 340 IS 347 School of Humanities IS 349 Math, Science & Technology ^ IS 381 IS 68 Isaac Bildersee * IS 96 Seth Low

IS 98 Bay Academy JHS 201 The Dyker Heights JHS 220 John J. Pershing JHS 223 The Montauk JHS 227 Edward B. Shallow JHS 234 Arthur W. Cunningham JHS 302 Rafael Cordero * JHS 383 Philippa Schuyler JHS 50 John D. Wells JHS 62 Ditmas JHS 78 Roy H. Mann John Dewey High School John Ericsson Middle School 126 Juan Morel Campos Secondary School Khalil Gibran International Academy Kings Collegiate Charter School ^ Lenox Academy * Magnet School for Science & Technology Magnet School of Math, Science & Design Technology Mark Twain IS 239 for the Gifted & Talented Middle School of Marketing and Legal Studies * Mott Hall IV MS 113 Ronald Edmonds Learning Center MS 2 MS 35 Stephen Decatur MS 571 MS 584 MS 61 Dr. Gladstone H. Atwell ^ MS K266 Park Place Community Middle School * MS K394 Pave Academy PS 100 The Coney Island School PS 101 The Verrazano PS 102 The Bayview PS 105 The Blythebourne PS 108 Sal Abbracciamento PS 109 PS 11 Purvis J. Behan PS 112 Lefferts Park PS 114 Ryder Elementary * PS 115 Daniel Mucatel School PS 116 Elizabeth L Farrell PS 119 Amersfort PS 121 Nelson A. Rockefeller PS 123 Suydam PS 127 Mckinley Park PS 128 Bensonhurst PS 13 Roberto Clemente PS 133 William A. Butler PS 135 Sheldon A. Brookner PS 138 PS 145 Andrew Jackson * PS 146 Brooklyn New School PS 147 Isaac Remsen

PS 15 Patrick F. Daly PS 151 Lyndon B. Johnson * PS 152 Annex PS 156 Waverly PS 157 Benjamin Franklin ^ PS 158 Warwick * PS 159 Isaac Pitkin PS 16 Leonard Dunkly PS 160 William T. Sampson PS 161 The Crown PS 163 Bath Beach PS 164 Caesar Rodney PS 165 Ida Posner PS 167 The Parkway PS 17 Henry D. Woodworth PS 172 Beacon School of Excellence * PS 176 Ovington PS 177 The Marlboro PS 179 Kensington PS 18 Edward Bush PS 181 Brooklyn PS 184 Newport ^ PS 185 Walter Kassenbrock PS 186 Dr. Irving A Gladstone PS 188 Michael E. Berdy PS 189 Lincoln Terrace PS 19 Roberto Clemente PS 191 Paul Robeson * PS 192 Magnet School for Math & Science Inquiry PS 194 Raoul Wallenberg PS 197 PS 198 PS 199 Frederick Wachtel PS 203 Floyd Bennett PS 204 Vince Lombardi PS 205 Clarion PS 206 Joseph F Lamb ^ PS 207 Early Childhood Center PS 207 Elizabeth G. Leary PS 208 Elsa Ebeling PS 212 Lady Deborah Moody PS 213 New Lots PS 214 Michael Friedsam PS 217 Colonel David Marcus School PS 219 Kennedy-King PS 221 Toussaint L’Ouverture * PS 222 Katherine R. Snyder PS 224 Hale A. Woodruff * PS 226 Alfred De B.Mason PS 229 The Dyker School PS 23 Carter G. Woodson PS 230 Doris L. Cohen * PS 233 Langston Hughes * PS 235 Lenox School/Janice Marie Knight

PS 24 ^ PS 244 Richard R. Green PS 245 PS 247 PS 249 The Caton PS 25 Eubie Blake School * PS 251 Paerdegat PS 253 PS 254 Dag Hammarskjold PS 255 Barbara Reing School * PS 260 Breuckelen PS 261 Philip Livingston PS 262 El Hajj Malik El Shabazz Elementary School PS 264 Bay Ridge Elementary School for the Arts PS 268 Emma Lazarus PS 269 Nostrand * PS 270 Johann DeKalb PS 272 Curtis Estabrook PS 274 Kosciusko PS 276 Louis Marshall PS 277 Gerritsen Beach PS 279 Herman Schreiber PS 289 George V. Brower PS 290 Juan Morel Campos PS 295 PS 297 The Richard Stockton School PS 298 Dr. Betty Shabazz PS 3 The Bedford Village PS 305 Dr. Peter Ray PS 306 Ethan Allen


Participating Schools PS 307 Daniel Hale Williams * PS 309 The George E. Wibecan Preparatory Academy PS 312 Bergen Beach PS 316 Elijah Stroud PS 32 Samuels Mills Sprole PS 321 William Penn PS 326 PS 327 Dr. Rose B. English PS 335 Granville T. Woods PS 34 Oliver H. Perry PS 36 PS 361 East Flatbush Early Childhood School PS 368 PS 373 Brooklyn Transition Center * PS 376 PS 377 Alejandrina B. De Gautier PS 38 The Pacific * PS 39 Henry Bristow * PS 398 Walter Weaver PS 44 Marcus Garvey PS 45 Horace E. Greene PS 46 Edward C. Blum PS 48 Mapleton PS 5 Dr. Ronald Mcnair PS 503 The School of Discovery * PS 506 The School of Journalism & Technology PS 52 Sheepshead Bay PS 54 Samuel C. Barnes PS 56 Lewis H. Latimer PS 58 The Carroll School PS 59 William Floyd PS 66 PS 67 Charles A. Dorsey PS 69 Vincent D. Grippo School PS 7 Abraham Lincoln PS 72 Annette P Goldman * PS 748 Brooklyn School For Global Scholars PS 75 Mayda Cortiella PS 81 Thaddeus Stevens PS 84 Jose De Diego PS 89 Cypress Hills PS 90 Edna Cohen School PS 91 The Albany Avenue School PS 92 Adrian Hegeman ^ PS 93 William H. Prescott PS 95 The Gravesend PS 97 The Highlawn PS 971 ^ PS 99 Isaac Asimov


PS K134 PS K225 The Eileen E. Zaglin PS K315 School of Performing Arts PS K396 PS K53 PS K721 Brooklyn Occupational Training Center PS K753 School for Career Development * PS K77 PS K811 Connie Lekas School PS/IS 104 The Fort Hamilton School PS/IS 155 Nicholas Herkimer * PS/IS 323 Rachel Carson High School for Coastal Studies Ralph A. Fabrizio School School for Democracy and Leadership School of Science & Technology Sheepshead Bay High School St. Jerome School * The Christa McAuliffe School/IS 187 ^ The Fresh Creek School ^ The Math & Science Exploratory School ^ The Science & Medicine Middle School The SEEALL Academy The Uft Charter School Elementary Academy Urban Assembly School for Criminal Justice Victory Collegiate High School ^ West Brooklyn Community High School * Xaverian High School ^ Young Scholars’ Academy for Discovery & Exploration * Young Women’s Leadership School of Brooklyn *

Manhattan 92nd Street Y Nursery School Abraham Joshua Heschel School Adult Learning Center #5 Mid-Manhattan Amistad Dual Language School Ballet Tech, NYC Public School for Dance Baruch College Campus High School ^ Battery Park City School Calhoun School - Upper Central Park East II City College Academy of the Arts * Coalition School for Social Change Columbia Grammar School Cooke Center Middle School Dalton Lower School

Dalton Middle School ^ East Side Community School East Side Middle School * Ella Baker School ^ Ethical Culture Fiorello H LaGuardia HS of Music, Art & Performing Arts ^ Future Leaders Institute Charter School * Ged Plus Gillen Brewer School Girls Prep Charter School Middle School ^ Hamilton Heights School Harlem Day Charter School * HS for Law, Advocacy and Community Justice ^ Hudson High School of Learning Technologies * Humanities Preparatory Academy IS 195 Roberto Clemente IS 528 Bea Fuller Rodgers School Isaac Newton Middle School for Math & Science James Weldon Johnson JHS 13 Jackie Robinson JHS 52 Inwood Landmark High School Learning Spring * Life Sciences Secondary School Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics Manhattan Country School Manhattan School for Career Development Montclare Children’s School Mosaic Preparatory Academy MS 131 ^ MS 167 Robert F. Wagner MS 255 Salk School of Science * MS 321 Minerva * MS 45/S.T.A.R.S. Prep Academy * MS M245 The Computer School * Murry Bergtraum High School New Explorations into Science, Technology & Math Nightingale-Bamford School * Preschool of America - Ansonia ^ Preschool Of America - Chelsea * PS 1 Alfred E. Smith PS 102 Jacques Cartier ^ PS 112 Jose Celso Barbosa PS 123 Mahalia Jackson PS 126 Jacob August Riis PS 128 Audubon PS 129 John H. Finley PS 132 Juan Pablo Duarte PS 133 Fred R Moore

PS 134 Henrietta Szold * PS 137 John L. Bernstein * PS 140 Nathan Straus PS 145, The Bloomingdale School PS 146 Ann M. Short PS 149 Sojourner Truth PS 15 Roberto Clemente PS 153 Adam Clayton Powell PS 161 Pedro Albizu Campos PS 163 Alfred E. Smith * PS 165 Robert E. Simon * PS 166 The Richard Rodgers School of The Arts & Technology PS 175 Henry H Garnet PS 18 Park Terrace * PS 184m Shuang Wen PS 188 The Island School ^ PS 189 PS 191 Amsterdam * PS 192 Jacob H. Schiff * PS 194 Countee Cullen * PS 199 Jessie Isador Straus PS 206 Jose Celso Barbosa ^ PS 325 * PS 36 Margaret Douglas PS 38 Roberto Clemente PS 4 Duke Ellington PS 5 Ellen Lurie PS 50 Vito Marcantonio PS 51 Elias Howe ^ PS 6 Lillie D. Blake PS 7 Samuel Stern * PS 75 Emily Dickinson ^ PS 76 A. Philip Randolph PS 8 Luis Belliard * PS 83 Luis Munoz Rivera * PS 84 Lillian Weber * PS 87 William Sherman PS 92 Mary McLeod Bethune * PS 96 Joseph Lanzetta ^ PS 98 Shorac Kappock ^ PS M226 * PS M811 Mickey Mantle School ^ PS/IS 111 Adolph S. Ochs PS/IS 210 21st Century Academy for Community Leadership Quest to Learn ^ River Park Nursery Solomon Schechter School Of Manhattan Teachers College Community School ^ The 47 American Sign Language & English LS ^

The Anderson School The Bilingual Bicultural School * The Blue School * The Brick Church School The Children’s Workshop School The East Village Community School * The Lexington Academy * The Mott Hall School The School at Columbia University Thurgood Marshall Academy Lower School * Unity Center for Urban Technologies ^ University Neighborhood High School ^ University Neighborhood Middle School The Urban Assembly Academy of Government & Law * Village Community School York Preparatory School *

Queens Academy for New Americans Albert Shanker School for Visual and Performing Arts Aviation Career & Technical Education High School Bard High School Early College ^ BELL Academy * Cambria Heights Academy ^ Channel View School for Research Collaborative Arts Middle School ^ Cynthia Jenkins School Daniel Carter Beard School ^ Eagle Academy For Young Men III * Excelsior Preparatory High School ^ Flushing High School Francis Lewis High School * Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School ^ Goldie Maple Academy Grover Cleveland High School High School For Community Leadership * Hillcrest High School Irwin Altman Middle School 172 IS 10 Horace Greeley IS 119 The Glendale IS 125 Thom J. McCann Woodside IS 145 Joseph Pulitzer ^ IS 192 Renaissance Middle School IS 204 Oliver W. Holmes IS 227 Louis Armstrong IS 230 IS 238 Susan B Anthony ^ IS 250 The Robert F. Kennedy Community School

IS 5 The Walter Crowley Intermediate School ^ Jamaica High School * Jean Nuzzi Intermediate School JHS 157 Stephen A. Halsey JHS 190 Russell Sage JHS 210 Elizabeth Blackwell JHS 216 George J. Ryan JHS 217 Robert A. Van Wyck JHS 226 Virgil I. Grissom * JHS 67 Louis Pasteur John F. Kennedy Jr. School Learners and Leaders * Long Island City High School ^ Mathematics, Science Research &Technology Magnet High School Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School MS 137 America’s School of Heroes * MS 158 Marie Curie * MS 53 Brian Piccolo * MS 72 Catherine & Count Basie New York City Academy for Discovery North Queens Community High School ^ Preparatory Academy for Writers PS 100 Glen Morris PS 101 School in the Gardens PS 102 Bayview PS 104 The Bays Water PS 105 The Bay School PS 107 Thomas A Dooley PS 111 Jacob Blackwell ^ PS 112 Dutch Kills PS 115 Glen Oaks PS 118 Lorraine Hansberry PS 120 PS 121 PS 123 PS 124 Osmond A. Church PS 127 Aerospace Science Magnet School PS 13 Clement C. Moore PS 130 PS 131 Abigail Adams PS 132 Ralph Bunche * PS 134 Hollis PS 136 Roy Wilkins PS 138 Sunrise ^ PS 139 Rego Park PS 140 Edward K Ellington PS 143 Louis Armstrong PS 144 Col Jeromus Remsen PS 146 Howard Beach PS 149 Christa Mcauliffe PS 15 Jackie Robinson PS 150 Queens PS 151 Mary D. Carter ^ PS 153 Maspeth Elem * PS 154

PS 155 Ronald H. Brown PS 156 Laurelton PS 159 PS 161 Arthur Ashe School PS 162 John Golden PS 163 Flushing Heights PS 165 Edith K. Bergtraum PS 166 Henry Gradstein PS 169 Bay Terrace PS 17 Henry David Thoreau PS 171 Peter G. Van Alst * PS 174 William Sidney Mount PS 176 Cambria Heights PS 18 Winchester PS 181 Brookville * PS 183 Dr. Richard R. Green * PS 184 Flushing Manor PS 188 Kingsbury PS 19 Marino P. Jeantet * PS 191 Mayflower PS 193 Alfred J. Kennedy * PS 195 William Haberle PS 196 Grand Central Parkway PS 197 The Ocean School PS 199 Maurice A. Fitzgerald PS 20 John Bowne PS 203 Oakland Gardens PS 205 Alexander Graham Bell PS 206 The Horace Harding School PS 209 Clearview Gardens PS 21 Edward Hart PS 212 PS 213 The Carl Ullman School PS 215 Lucretia Mott PS 219 Paul Klapper * PS 22 Thomas Jefferson PS 220 Edward Mandel PS 221 The North Hills School PS 222 Fire Fighter Christopher A. Santora School PS 223 Lyndon B. Johnson PS 228 Early Childhood Magnet School of the Arts * PS 232 Lindenwood PS 233Q @ CTEA PS 234 PS 24 Andrew Jackson PS 242 Leonard P. Stavisky Early .... Childhood School PS 251 PS 253 PS 254 PS 26 Rufus King PS 280 PS 29 PS 31 Bayside

PS 32 State Street PS 33 Edward M. Funk PS 330 ^ PS 35 Nathaniel Woodhull * PS 36 Saint Albans School PS 38 Rosedale PS 40 Samuel Huntington * PS 41 Crocheron PS 43 PS 46 Alley Pond PS 47 Chris Galas PS 48 William Wordsworth PS 49 Dorothy Bonawit Kole PS 50 Talfourd Lawn Elementary School * PS 51 PS 52 PS 54 Hillside PS 55 Maure PS 56 Harry Eichler PS 58 School of Heroes PS 60 Woodhaven PS 62 Chester Park PS 63 Old South PS 64 Joseph P. Addabbo PS 65 Raymond York Elementary School PS 69 Jackson Heights PS 7 Louis F. Simeone PS 71 Forest PS 78 PS 79 Francis Lewis PS 80 Thurgood Marshall Magnet PS 82 Hammond PS 84 Steinway PS 85 Judge Charles Vallone PS 87 Middle Village PS 90 Horace Mann PS 92 Harry T. Stewart Sr. PS 94 David D. Porter * PS 95 Eastwood PS 96 PS 97 Forest Park PS 99 Kew Gardens PS Q16 PS Q177 PS Q224 * PS Q23 at Queens Children Center *



PS Q255 * PS Q256 PS Q4 PS Q811 ^ PS Q86 PS/IS 178 Holliswood PS/IS 208 PS/MS 114 Belle Harbor ^ PS/MS 147 Ronald McNair PS/MS 200 The Pomonok School & STAR Academy Q152 - PS 152 Gwendoline N. Alleyne School ^ Queens Academy High School Queens Academy High School Jamaica Campus Queens Collegiate: A College Board School ^ Queens HS of Teaching, Liberal Arts & The Sciences Queens Middle School 1 Year Suspension Center Razi School Richmond Hill High School Robert E. Peary School The 51 Avenue Academy: Path To Academic Excellence The Bellaire School The Gordon Parks School The Queens College School for Math, Science & Technology Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical Education High School Tri-Community JHS 231 Village Academy * William Cullen Bryant High School * York Early College Academy ^ Young Women’s Leadership School, Queens

PS 20 Port Richmond PS 21 Margaret Emery-Elm Park PS 22 Graniteville PS 23 Richmondtown PS 26 The Carteret School PS 29 Bardwell PS 3 The Margaret Gioiosa School PS 35 The Clove Valley School PS 36 J. C. Drumgoole PS 38 George Cromwell PS 39 Francis J. Murphy Jr. PS 4 Maurice Wollin ^ PS 41 New Dorp PS 42 Eltingville PS 44 Thomas C. Brown PS 45 John Tyler PS 46 Albert V. Maniscalco PS 48 William C. Wilcox PS 5 Huguenot ^ PS 50 Frank Hankinson PS 52 John C. Thompson PS 53 Bay Terrace PS 54 Charles W. Leng PS 55 Henry M. Boehm * PS 56 The Louis Desario School PS 6 Corporal Allan F. Kivlehan School PS 60 Alice Austen PS 74 Future Leaders Elementary School ^ PS R37 PS R373 Ralph R. McKee Career and Technical Education High School ^ Space Shuttle Columbia School ^ St. Clare Staten Island School of Civic Leadership The Richard H. Hungerford School

Staten Island

Metro New York

Castle Day Care IS 24 Myra S. Barnes IS/PS 25 South Richmond High School * IS 49 Berta A. Dreyfus IS 51 Edwin Markham IS 72 Rocco Laurie IS 75 Frank D. Paulo IS R2 George L. Egbert John W. Lavelle Prep Charter School Port Richmond High School ^ PS 11 Thomas Dongan School PS 13 M. L. Lindemeyer PS 16 John J. Driscoll * PS 19 The Curtis School

Burnet Hill Elementary (New Jersey) East Woods Elementary School (Long Island) Garden City Park Elementary (Long Island) ^ W.T. Clarke Middle School (Long Island)


Capital Region of New York Ballston Spa Middle School Ballston Spa Senior High School Colton Pierrepont Elementary School Delaware Community School Fort Edward Union Free Elementary School * Malta Avenue Elementary School Milton Terrace North Elementary School Milton Terrace South Elementary School Stillwater Middle School Veeder Elementary School Wood Road Elementary School

Colorado Altura Elementary School Asbury Elementary School* Aspen Academy Aurora Hills Middle School ^ Aurora Quest K-8 * Black Rock Elementary Boys and Girls Club Metro Denver-East * Boys and Girls Club of Metro Denver-West * Bradley International School Bromwell Elementary School Buffalo Ridge Elementary School * Buffalo Trail Elementary School Centennial K-8 School Central Elementary School Challenge School Children’s Garden Montessori School ^ Clyde Miller K-8 * Columbian Elementary School Cottonwood Creek Elementary School * Denison Montessori School Denver Green School ^ Denver Language School Eagle Ridge Elementary Ellis Elementary School ^ Godsman Elementary School

Graland Country Day Harrington Elementary School High Plains Elementary School Holyoke Elementary School ^ Holyoke Jr/Sr High ^ Horizon Middle School ^ John F Kennedy High School Kepner Middle School * Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy Lowry Elementary School Meadow Mountain Elementary School * Meiklejohn Elementary Montessori School of Denver ^ Newton Middle School North East Elementary ^ North Middle School Peoria Elementary School Prairie Ridge Elementary School * Rishel Middle School * Roxborough Elementary Sagewood Middle School Skyline Vista Elementary School St. John’s Lutheran * Stanley British Primary School * Stedman Elementary School * Teller Elementary School Temple Sinai ^ Temple Sinai Youth Groups * Tennyson Center School * Trevista at Horace Mann ^ University Park Elementary School West Denver Prep - Highland ^ West Woods Elementary School Westminster Elementary Westminster High School * Wheeling Elementary ^ Whittier K-8 School

Florida Ad Henderson University School * Apalachee Elementary * Avalon Middle School * Bethune Academy * Bond Elementary * Chain Of Lakes Collegiate High School * Chaires Elementary * Challenger Middle School * Conway Middle School * Crystal Lake Elementary * Deerfield Beach Middle School * Desoto Trail Elementary * Dommerich Elementary * Endeavor Elementary * Endeavour Elementary *

Fort Braden School * Fort White Middle & High School * Freedom Middle School * Ft. Meade Middle & Senior High School * Garner Elementary * Hartsfield Elementary * Highland Oaks Middle School * Jackson Middle School * L&S Chautauqua Charter School * Lakeland Montessori Schoolhouse * Lakeland Senior High School * Lakeview Middle School * Lancaster Elementary * Maranatha Christian Academy * Mclaughlin Middle School * Meadowbrook Middle School * Mulberry High School * Neptune Middle School * North Lakeland Elementary * Nova Southeastern University Lower School Oak Ridge Elementary * Palmetto * Pineloch Elementary * Riverside Elementary * Roberts Elementary * Ruediger Elementary * Sabal Palm Elementary * School Of Arts And Sciences * Seven Springs Middle School * Sleepy Hill Middle School * Southwest Middle School * Spessard L. Holland Elementary * Sunrise Elemetary * Sunset Park Elementary * Vineland K-8 Center * Waterford Elementary * Wolf Lake Middle School * Woodville Elementary *

Ohio Arlington Park Elementary ^ Avondale Elementary ^ Berwick Alternative School Binns Elementary ^ Broadleigh Elementary ^ Brookside Elementary Burroughs Elementary Clinton Elementary ^ Colerain Elementary Columbus Collegiate Academy ^ Como Elementary ^ Devonshire Alternative Elementary Duxberry Park Arts Impact Alternative Elementary ^

East Columbus Elementary Eastgate Elementary ^ Evening Street Elementary Fairwood Alternative Elementary ^ Forest Park Elementary ^ Gables Elementary ^ Georgian Heights Alternative Elementary ^ Hamilton Alternative Elementary, K-6 STEM ^ Heyl Elementary ^ Indian Springs Elementary Innis Elementary ^ Liberty Elementary Lincoln Park Elementary ^ Lindbergh Elementary ^ Linden K-6 STEM ^ Livingston Elementary ^ Moler Elementary ^ Northtowne Elementary ^ Oakland Park Alternative Elementary ^ Oakmont Elementary ^ Olde Orchard Olde Sawmill Elementary ^ Salem Elementary ^ Shady Lane Siebert Elementary ^ South Mifflin Elementary K-6 STEM ^ Southwood Elementary ^ Stewart Avenue Elementary The Graham Expeditionary Middle School ^ The Wellington School West Broad Elementary ^ West Mound Elementary ^ Wilson Hill Elementary Woodcrest Elementary ^

Seattle, WA Adams Elementary Aki Kurose Middle School Academy * Beacon Hill International School * Bethel Junior High * Bow Lake Elementary * Broadview-Thomson K-8 Bryant Elementary * Camas Prairie Elementary * Carriage Crest Elementary School Cascade View Elementary Cedar Valley Community School * Cedarcrest Junior High * Chautauqua Elementary School * Concord International School Dearborn Park Elementary Eckstein Middle School ^ Emerson Elementary Foster High School ^

Franklin High School * Gatewood Elementary Giddens School * Greenwood Elementary Hamilton International Middle School * John Hay Elementary John Muir Elementary John Rogers Elementary Laurelhurst Elementary Madison Middle School Madrona K-8 ^ Maple Elementary * McGilvra Elementary McMicken Heights Elementary Montlake Elementary ^ Mount View Elementary * Northgate Elementary ^ Our Lady of Fatima Pathfinder K-8 School Pinehurst K-8 Queen Anne Community School * Sacajawea Elementary Sanislo Elementary * Schmitz Park Elementary Seattle World School (formerly SBOC) Showalter Middle School ^ South Lake High School South Shore School K-8 * St. Matthew School St. Therese School ^ Sylvester Middle School The Center School * The Evergreen School Thorndyke Elementary TOPS @ Seward Totem Middle School Tukwila Elementary University Cooperative School * Viewlands Elementary ^ Washington Middle School West Seattle High School ^ White Center Heights Elementary ^ Wing Luke Elementary *

About NYC Penny Harvest Schools of Excellence Penny Harvest schools in New York City work hard every year to bring philanthropy and service to their schools and communities. Some schools go above and beyond this duty: their actions and innovations lead to fresh ideas, lesson plans, and new harvesting and teaching strategies, many of which may later become standard Penny Harvest practice, adopted into our core curriculum. These leaders are Schools of Excellence.

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Our Supporters Common Cents is grateful for the support we received during the 2010/2011 and 2011/2012 fiscal years from the following institutions and individuals.

Leadership Circle (Annual gift of $5,000-$9,999) Corporate, Foundation and Government Braveheart Foundation Philadelphia Foundation State Farm - New York Regional Office


Partnership Circle (Annual gift of $100,000 +) Corporate, Foundation and Government Bloomberg LP Cole Haan The Edmond de Rothschild Foundations, New York New York City Department of Education NYC Service

Legacy Circle (Annual gift of $25,000-$99,999) Corporate, Foundation and Government Capital One Dorfman and Kaish Family Foundation Gruss-Lipper Charitable Foundation Louis & Anne Abrons Foundation, Inc. The New York City Council

Jonathan Dorfman Ted Greenwood Teddy Gross Ruth Nass Jim & Judy O’Brien Michael Pohly Stephen Youngwood

Champions (Annual gift of $1,000-$4,999)

Friends (Annual gift of $500-$999)

Corporate, Foundation and Government

Corporate, Foundation and Government

American Express Savings at Work Dinan Family Foundation Kingdon Capital Management LLC Morrison & Foerster Foundation The Natasha Comfort Community Gifts Fund Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program National Philanthropic Trust Ralph Sansone Foundation, Inc. Silberstein Foundation

Employee Giving Program, American Express Charitable Fund Keybank Foundation New York Community Trust Newedge Schwab Charitable Fund


Benefactor Circle (Annual gift of $10,000-$24,999) Corporate, Foundation and Government Citi Con Edison Gruss Life Monument Funds, Inc. State Farm Youth Advisory Board (North East)

Individuals Irwin & Donna Kruger


Susan Andersen Robert Bensky William Comfort Nancy Glickenhaus Pier Jon Goldman Samuel Gross Elizabeth Hill Jim Kielsmeier Stephanie Kilkenny Rajesh Kumar Donald Leitch Friedrike Merck James Obrien Andrew Petitjean David Rockefeller

Individuals Alan Brenner Nancy Chemtob Amy Gallen David Glennon Nora Gross Craig Henick Elizabeth Hill Jay Kwawer Donald Leitch Maggy London Susan Mailer George Marcou & Karen Barker Donna Mercurio Jillian Pohly Kristy Quijije Alan Ravitz Harlan Stone William Vanden Heuvel Mike Williams

Supporters (Annual gift of $100-$499) Corporate & Foundation Bevmax Office Centers Management LLC Goodman Charitable Trust Google Leibsohn & Associates Lisa Lavora Metropolitan Specialty Risk, LLC. Tracy Smith

Individuals David Abrams Leon Abudaram Sandeep Acharya Suzanne Aisenberg Mikhayl Alam Bettina Altschuler Randy Altschuler Cheryl Altschuler Eric Altschuler Margo Amgott Lisa Anderson Joe Andrews Kelly Ashton Marc Auerbach Melissa Ayala Deirdre Bader Marissa Ballesteros Scott Barman Kiser Barnes Craig Barrack Suzette Barreto Gale Barrett Shrady Lori Bassman Cathy & Rick Benefiel Gen Berretta David Berten Jinny & John Berten Virginia Berten Kevin Bespolka Ann Bisese Cheryl Blanco Thomas Blasi Alan Block Elaine Block Russell Bohner Alexis Boian Garnett Booth Margi Booth Joanne Borgman

Michael Braverman Dominic Brindle Sheila Brody Sheila Brown Ellen Brown Catherine Burch Aileen Burdick Katie Burns Jenny Cabrera John Calabrese Efrain Camacho Richard Campbell Rick Campbell & Maureen Golden Cathy Carilli Robert Carr Andrew Caselli Colleen Casey Alexis Chapin-Downs Catherine Chapman Spencer Chemtob Jack Chemtob Linda Chen Karen Chervin Susan Chin-Louie Fred Chu Mary Lynn Chu Evangeline Chua Julie Chua-Perrone Wendy Cohen Michael Cohen Seth Cohen Debbie Collins Tony Collins Maureen Connelly Angela Cooper Lance Cooper Allison Cooper Barbara Cooperman Leona Cooperman Meg Coward Janet Crowder John Curran Brita Daemgen Kunal Dagli Andrew Dalsimer Eric Daniels Michael Davidsom Suzanne Davis Rachel Deming Michael Denning Jeffrey Denning Anthony DeTroia Glo Dio Dati William Diodato Craig Dixon

Jack Doyle Yvonne Dsouza Kaya Duggan Philip Dunne James Duplessie Gloria Eadicicco Phillipa Edgar Michelle Ehrlich Howard Eilen Tracy Elstein Losoko Empole Sarah Fassberg Patty Favreau Suzanne Fawbush Esther Fein Steven Feiner Andrea Feldman Toba Jeanne Feldman Leah Fernandes Robert Festa Ava Fiddle & Family Linda Walder Fiddle Robert Finkelstein Lauren Finster Anita Fiorillo Naoko & Jaime Fitzgerald Jennifer Foley Claire Friedman Vivian Fung Hana Arie Gaifman Paul Gallagher Jonathan Gallen Richard Gallen Vincent Gangi Maryann Gangi Felicity Gates Robert Geller Howard Getz Mari Ghuneim Lois Gibbens Micah Gibbens Elizabeth Golden Soma Golden Behr Shoshana Goldman Eric Gomes Andrew Gray Barbara Green Larry Green Damian Griffin Gerry & William Griffith Gene Grisanti Chris Grisanti Mary Lee Grisanti Larry Gross Ariela Gross Raymond Guo

Jackie & Jason Gurandiano Raymond Habib Susan Hahn Kelly Hale Michael Halsband Kirsis Ham Ronen Haron John Harrington Emily & David Harris Halley Harrisburg Patie Hart Jeffrey Hartman Wendy Hashmall Semele Heller Katherine Hensley Carolyn Heredia Tracy Hewat Daniel Heyman Keith Hickman Lisa Hicks Glenn Hirsch Deborah Hirtz Howard Hoffen Howard Hoffen Fred Hoffman Frank Holder Vicki Holleman Alexandria Hollett Robert Horne David Horne Sharon Inkeles Barton Inkeles Carolyn & John Jacoby Joe Jalleo Cleo Jarvis Georgette Jasen James Johnson Charles Jordan Ethan Kalb Carol Kalikow Joanne Kana Ted Kanarek Jessica, David & Daniel Kaplan Seidel Karen Karp Peter Katz Arabella Katz Seena Katz Colleen Kavanagh Matthew Kavanagh Thomas Kavanagh Paul Kessler Samir Khiroya Saenah Kim Kirin Kim Dylan Kitts

Donna Klein Sharon & Robert Kliegman Hiromi Kobayashi Kimberly Konigsberg James Konigsberg Theodore Koven Katarina KozuchowskaDuplessy Amy Kruglak Senthil Kumar Kali Kuwada Janis Kwan Michael Lashendock Jean Lee Donald Lee Leidy Family Kd Leo Joele Levenson Fern Leventhal Alexandra Levin Ann Levine Regla Lichy Laurie Lindenbaum Laura Livingston Jeffrey Lomasky Sain Lu Marie Maher Flory Mahoney Angela Maldonado Peter Manion Alexandra Mann Nadja Marcoz Sandra Markman Debbie Marks John Mascotte Susan Mccarthy Jane Mcdonnell William Mcgowan Regis Mchugh Patsi Mckenna Lori Mckenna Robin & Roger Meltzer Marilyn Meltzer Bruce Meltzer` Laurie Mendik Susan Mendik Kevin Mendik Michael Micko Antony Miele Michael Miller Eleanor Miller Fiona Miller Patti Miller Reitze Terri Mintzer Marietta Modl David Morales

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We are also grateful to the multitudes of other donors who have contributed their treasure, time, and talent to sustaining the Penny Harvest.

Schools who Fundraised for the

Run for Change!

*Schools marked with an asterisk fundraised in both 2011 and 2012

The Bronx Baychester Academy * Eagle Academy for Young Men IS X318 Math, Science & Technology Through Arts Mott Hall Community School PS 126 Dr Marjorie H Dunbar PS 14X Senator John Calandra PS 157 Grove Hill * PS 16 Wakefield PS 178 Dr. Selman Waksman PS 188 at HS790 PS 205 Fiorello Laguardia PS 24 Spuyten Duyvil PS 310 Marble Hill PS 36 Unionport PS 56 Norwood Heights PS 62 Inocensio Casanova PS 64 Pura Belpre * PS 69 The New Vision School * PS 7 Kingsbridge PS 70 Max Schoenfeld Riverdale Country School * Ryer Avenue Elementary School Sheridan Academy For Young Leaders The New School for Leadership and Journalism

Brooklyn Academy for Health Careers Bedford Stuyvesant New Beginnings Charter School Excellence Charter School of Bedford Stuyvesant High School for Public Service: Heroes of Tomorrow IS 381 JHS 220 John J. Pershing JHS 234 Arthur W. Cunningham JHS 78 Roy H. Mann Mark Twain IS 239 For The Gifted & Talented Pave Academy PS 112 Lefferts Park PS 115 Daniel Mucatel School PS 116 Elizabeth L Farrell *

PS 119 Amersfort * PS 123 Suydam PS 13 Roberto Clemente PS 135 Sheldon A. Brookner PS 160 William T. Sampson PS 176 Ovington PS 181 Brooklyn PS 217 Colonel David Marcus School PS 235 Lenox School/Janice Marieknight PS 298 Dr. Betty Shabazz PS 306 Ethan Allen PS 327 Dr. Rose B. English PS 335 Granville T. Woods * PS 36 PS 398 Walter Weaver * PS 506 The School of Journalism & Technology * PS 7 Abraham Lincoln * PS 75 Mayda Cortiella PS K315 School of Performing Arts

Manhattan 92nd Street Y Nursery School Claremont Children’s School Columbia Grammar School * Dalton Lower School Eleanor Roosevelt High School Fiorello H. Laguardia High School Of Music, Art & Performing Arts Future Leaders Institute Charter School Hamilton Heights School Humanities Preparatory Academy Isaac Newton Middle School for Math & Science JHS 52 Inwood New Explorations into Science, Technology & Math PS 126 Jacob August Riis PS 153 Adam Clayton Powell PS 161 Pedro Albizu Campos * PS 189 PS 191 Hudson Honors PS 199 Jessie Isador Straus PS 6 Lillie D. Blake * PS 75 Emily Dickinson PS 87 William Sherman

PS 96 Joseph Lanzetta Solomon Schechter School Of Manhattan The Anderson School * The Brick Church School The School At Columbia University * York Preparatory School

Queens Catherine & Count Basie Middle School 72 IS 5 The Walter Crowley Intermediate School JHS 190 Russell Sage JHS 210 Elizabeth Blackwell JHS 217 Robert A. Van Wyck PS 100 Glen Morris PS 102 Bayview PS 104 The Bays Water * PS 127 Aerospace and Science Academy PS 144 Col Jeromus Remsen * PS 17 Henry David Thoreau PS 176 Cambria Heights * PS 188 Kingsbury PS 20 John Bowne * PS 203 Oakland Gardens * PS 222 Fire Fighter Christopher A. Santora School PS 43 PS 46 Alley Pond PS 71 Forest PS 80 Thurgood Marshall Magnet PS 87 Middle Village PS 92 Harry T. Stewart Sr. Richmond Hill High School The Bellaire School *

Staten Island IS R2 George L. Egbert * PS 19 The Curtis School * PS 23 Richmondtown PS 3 The Margaret Gioiosa School PS 48 William C. Wilcox * PS 60 Alice Austen*

Metro NY W.T. Clarke Middle School *

In Kind Donors Corporate & Foundation AMC Theatres Brooklyn Cyclones The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Definition 6 Motion Design Feline Day Spa Go Go Curry USA Inc. Grand Prix NY ITO EN (North America) Inc. Jack Rabbit Sports National September 11 Memorial & Museum New Jersey Devils New York Mutual Trading, Inc. New York Knicks Nickelodean Saro Bistro Staten Island Yankees

Individuals Sarah Halliday Eleanor Jane Daniel Marino Ekkarat Punyatara Lydia Sarpong Rayhan Shahid


Common Cents Board & Staff, June 2012: (top row, L to R) Jordan Conan, Ted Greenwood, Anthony Berthel, Susan Andersen, Jim Kielsmeier, Lashon Allen, Keith Hickman, Gracie Rifino, Leah Fernandes; (bottom row, L to R) Adam Seidel, Teddy Gross, Nora Gross

Common Cents School Support Fellows and 2011/2012 NYC Civic Corps Members


Common Cents School Support Fellows and 2010/2011 NYC Civic Corps Members

Common Cents Staff & Board of Directors Staff (2010-2012) Sharon Alexander Lashon Allen Anthony Berthel Andi Dube Teddy Gross Keith Hickman Gracie Rifino Adam Seidel

NYC Civic Corps (2010/2011) Katherine Cho Candace DeTroia David Dillon Joshua Khan Ashley Prather

NYC Civic Corps (2011/2012) Nia Challenger David Inkeles Michael Karp Kathleen Lynch Stephanie Odino Whitley Plummer Genesis Taveras

Common Cents Board of Directors Ted Greenwood

Stephen Youngwood

Nora Gross

Susan Andersen

(Board Chair and Treasurer) Senior Advisor Alfred P. Sloan Foundation New York, NY

Co-Founder Common Cents New York, NY


Jon Dorfman

Co-Chief Executive Officer Citi Alternative Investments New York, NY

(Vice Chair) Senior Vice President Entertainment Products, Nickelodeon New York, NY

Professor of Psychology New York University New York, NY

Chairman & CEO (Retired) Foundation 9 Entertainment Venice, CA

Tricia Kampton

Jim Kielsmeier

Adam Seidel

Founder & Executive Director (Retired) National Youth Leadership Council Minneapolis, MN

Hasin Ahmed Ufuoma Akpotaire Joelle Blackstock Karina Briski Brittney Collins Jordan Conan Jackson English Andrew Firestone Leah Fernandes Gabriel Feuerstein-Medik Israel Fuentes

Jasper Gutwillig-Turner Katherine Hensley Antoinette Johnson Caroline Kelley Dylan Kitts Lisa Leung Courtney Morgano Brittany Stalsburg Serena Tan Caleb Turner

Jon Goldman

Teddy Gross

Co-Founder & Executive Director Common Cents New York, NY

Interns (2010-2012)

Parent Association Co-President Public School 144, Queens New York, NY

Director of Special Projects Roxbury Prep, Dorchester Campus Boston, MA

The Common Cents family thanks and applauds Adam Seidel for dedication and service to Common Cents and the Penny Harvest Program. After eight and a half years, Adam has moved on to a new city and a new career. We miss him, but we wish him all the best!


Updated Data and Stories




THE 2012-2013

HURRICANE HARVEST In late October 2012, just as the Common Cents staff was wrapping up its fall professional development workshops, Superstorm Sandy ravaged the east coast. New York City alone suffered millions of dollars in damages; dozens of schools required weeks, even months, of repair and had to be temporarily closed; and thousands of students, teachers, school staff, and other New Yorkers were left homeless. As soon as the sun rose on the day following the storm—and before the power even returned to lower Manhattan and parts of the outer boroughs—the phone started ringing at the Common Cents office. Principals, Penny Harvest Coaches, and families wanted to know how this year’s Penny Harvest would address the immediate and long-term effects of the storm and how children could play a part in New York City’s recover efforts. After several days of conversation and debate, and input from constituents young and old, we decided to rename this year’s Penny Harvest the Hurricane Harvest and develop resources and networks to support schools in responding to the disaster in their neighborhoods and beyond. We launched the Hurricane Harvest website: a hub for schools to share their efforts in real-time and a portal through which students could honor under-recognized individuals, city agencies, and businesses that helped in the aftermath of the storm. Across the city, Penny Harvest students raised $386,642.72 in pennies and chose to turn almost a third of their funds into grants and service projects aimed at rebuilding the city following Superstorm Sandy.


allocated in grants addressing Hurricane Sandy relief (30% of total Penny Harvest grants in 2013)


Manhattan Brooklyn The Bronx Queens Staten Island Long Island Total


student service projects addressing post-Hurricane needs (17% of total service projects in 2013)

Hurricane Harvest Grant-Making $14,113 30 grants $37,274 92 grants $16,965 38 grants $34,235 70 grants $25,288 45 grants $1,525 2 grants $129,400 277 grants




community grants focused on Hurricane relief efforts (29% of total Penny Harvest grants in 2013) 89


Our National Numbers: 2013 During the 2012/2013 school year, students in 879 schools participated in the Penny Harvest at our locations in New York City/Metro NY as well as in the Capital Region of New York (administered by The Community Foundation); Los Angeles, California (administered by the University of Southern California); Colorado (administered by The Young Philanthropist Foundation); Ohio (administered by See Kids Dream); Seattle, Washington (administered by Solid Ground); and several lone-ranger Penny Harvest in a Box schools scattered across the country. This year, elementary and middle school students in these schools across the country distributed back into their communities a total of $566,026.10 — all of which they collected from their neighbors in pennies! They allocated 1,281 grants to local, national, and international organizations and carried out 278 service projects.

This brings the grand total of pennies collected and given away by Penny Harvest students over the last 21 years to one billion -- that’s

10 MILLION DOLLARS! 548 schools $386,642.72 collected 960 community grants 215 service projects


12 schools $12,408.00 collected 22 community grants 4 service projects

1 school $1,000 collected 2 community grants 1 service project

54 schools $84,124.99 collected 128 community grants 34 service projects

43 schools $41,548.65 collected 93 community grants 19 service projects

36 schools $34,999.97 collected 68 community grants 6 service projects

5 schools $6,301.77 collected 10 community grants

We’ve made it to Hollywood! Our Newest Affiliate: USC Common Cents is delighted to welcome the University of Southern California to the family of Penny Harvest affiliates. Their license is for the entire LA school district, the second largest (after New York) in the country! The brainchild of Ann Crigler, Professor of Political Science, the partnership with USC will add several tiers of experimentation and excitement to our work: undergraduate service-learning, outcomes research with the School of Education, and marketing analysis with the Annenberg School of Communication. 90



1 BILLION PENNIES collected and donated


Student Grant-Making and Service in the Issue Areas The Elderly Disaster Relief

In 2012/2013, students divided up their funds into community and service grants addressing Disaster Relief, the Elderly, Children’s Issues, Health, Human Rights, and the Environment in the following ways: 92


Penny Harvest students care about a variety of issues both locally and globally and they realize that their grants and service projects can make an impact in a broad range of issue areas.


of total Penny Harvest grants awarded nationally

$10,934 46 grants

$143,842 328 grants

Children’s Issues

30% $182,297 474 grants

The Environment


$83,633 259 grants

Human Rights

14% $61,426 212 grants


15% $83,893 240 grants



The Daffodil Project When Penny Harvest Coach Ellen Zarchy spotted the green, slender shoots of the daffodils she and her Roundtable had planted in October begin to rise from the cold April soil of PS 188X’s rooftop planters, she knew that spring had finally announced its presence. She quickly gathered her Roundtable leaders to witness these heralds of the earth’s rebirth, these skinny leaves that would soon grow and blossom into New York’s most famous flower, the yellow daffodil. In partnership with New Yorkers for Parks and the Lower East Side Ecology Center, Common Cents had the pleasure of offering 13 select Penny Harvest schools 1,000 daffodil bulbs and 40 pounds of rich compost, and “Green Thumbs” planting instructions to do a fall beautification project. The Daffodil Project, founded in 2001 as a living memorial to all those who struggled and perished on September 11th, has broadcast nearly five million of the cheerful flowers throughout the city’s five boroughs, all through the efforts of more than 40,000 volunteer students, teachers, civic organizations, gardening groups, corporate employees, and other environmentally-minded New Yorkers.

For teachers like Ms. Zarchy, the thrill of transforming lackluster landscapes into things of beauty meant more than just a day outside. Many students had never even seen a daffodil bulb, and some regarded it with the same trepidation as they would an alien life form. The opportunity to connect the activity with lessons on environmental stewardship, the lifecycle of vegetation, and the philosophical implications of civic improvement was not lost on her; students wrote reflections about the experience and heard lectures from their science and social studies instructors. In the spirit of community building, the students became ambassadors of the flower, presenting gift-wrapped bulbs to any parent or faculty member who had a garden near their home. The bulbs require freezing temperatures to bloom in the spring, so students made sure to settle them in the ground in October -- only a week before Hurricane Sandy ravaged the east coast. But in true New York fashion, no devastation or rock-bottom temperature could prevent the blooms from stepping out in their yellow frocks at the end of April.

Penny Harvest Coach Ellen Zarchy and PS188 students in The Bronx

Participating Schools

The Bronx: PS 76 The Bennington School, The New School for Leadership and Journalism, PS 16 Wakefield, PS 188; Brooklyn: PS 119 Amersfort, PS 335 Granville T. Woods, PS 123 Suydam; Manhattan: PS 1 Alfred E. Smith; Queens: PS 92 Harry T. Stewart Sr., PS 188 Kingsbury, PS 222 Fire Fighter Christopher A. Santora School, PS 251

Community Coach Partnership Update Through our Community Coach Partnerships operated in conjunction with Capital One Bank, Common Cents strengthens communities by building partnerships between Penny Harvest schools and neighborhood banks. Now in its third year, the program matched six Penny Harvest schools with their local Capital One branch. Because of Capital One’s commitment to “Investing for Good”, branch managers from six different neighborhoods in three boroughs enthusiastically accepted the challenge to work with Penny Harvest student leaders throughout the program year. Beginning in January with the kick-off meeting, Penny Harvest and Community Coaches collaboratively set goals for the year. A branch visit and Roundtable consultation were required benchmarks for the partnership, yet several pairs went further, developing additional events like Community and Career Days. Branch manager Omar Morrison spoke to a group of students at PS 16 The Wakefield School about his path to success. Having attended high school not five blocks away from the classroom where he stood, Mr. Morrison addressed his passion for education, his ambitious volunteering through mentorship programs, and his faith in the younger generation to do even better than he had. Community Coaches like Morrison are impressed by the way student-lead Roundtables re-invest in their communities through the Penny Harvest. As student leaders gather pennies to finance their grants, they also gather knowledge, interviewing business owners, doctors, firefighters, lawyers, and bank managers who live and work in their neighborhood. Co-Op City Community Coach and Capital One Branch Manager Armed with rich information about their communities, the Roundtable Leaders become agents of social rejuvenation. Omar Morrison posing with Student Leaders from PS 16 Wakefield The Capital One Community Coach partnership takes this one step further, connecting students with caring adults who during their Roundtable’s visit to the Capital One branch. can foster their development, cultivate their aspirations, and connect both parties more deeply to their communities.




Schools of Excellence in NYC Teachers of Tomorrow

PS 7 Abraham Lincoln in Brooklyn The Penny Harvest Roundtable Committee at PS 7 is led by Coach Susan Pavane, a long time veteran of the Penny Harvest program. Ms. Pavane engages multiple grades through all phases of the program, especially during the planning and implementation of service projects in the community. In addition to collecting $1,500 in pennies in the fall, the Roundtable students planned several service projects throughout the year. In the fall, students hosted a school-wide canned food drive to support Hurricane Sandy victims, donating their collections to a local food pantry. In June, the Roundtable continued their good works by visiting one of their grant recipients at the Food Pantry to help sort and prepare food. One of PS 7’s great innovations is to invite former Roundtable leaders now in the 5th grade to return as Teachers of Tomorrow. These 5th graders are invited into Kindergarten classrooms weekly to help out the teachers and serve as role models. Teachers of Tomorrow honors the legacy component of the Penny Harvest by giving 4th grade students a leadership role to look forward to in the coming year, while providing an opportunity for 5th graders to leave a lasting impression on their younger colleagues.

Innovating to Involve All Grades PS 19 in Staten Island

Instead of lounging around their houses one cold Wednesday morning during Spring Break 2013, student leaders of PS 19 The Curtis School were bundled up against the Staten Island wind and listening carefully as Guyon Rescue employees pitched reasons why they should receive a grant from the students’ Penny Harvest Roundtable. Although in past years potential grantees from community-based organizations have travelled to the school to make their case, in light of the urgent demands Hurricane Sandy created on Staten Island, the students decided their work would best be done on-site. This way, they would have a first-hand account of the projects their grants would fund. From the beginning of the program year, Penny Harvest Coach Jeanne Raleigh has strived to make her philosophy of “if we work together, we will get the job done” a forceful part of her students’ thinking. Thus, it comes as no surprise that this year also marked the launch of a student-led initiative to galvanize each grade of PS 19 to perform its own service project. Ms. Raleigh credits the spirit of charity that the Penny Harvest has introduced into their school for this innovation. In fact, teachers and students across the school consulted Penny Harvest Leaders to get ideas and encouragement for meeting their service challenge. 94

University Heights High School and PS 5 Ellen Lurie in The Bronx On a sweetly sunny morning in April, 113 students from PS 5 Ellen Lurie assembled on the athletic field of nearby University Heights High School in the South Bronx to commence the Scholars’ Field Day, an event that marked the fruition of an innovative partnership between the two academic institutions. After five months of scrupulous planning, the Penny Harvest “Co-Coaches” of UHHS, sophomores Jeremiah Nunez, Joselys Rosa, Gloria Rosario, and Savielis Valesquez were well-prepared to provide a day of delightful activities for the most successful young pupils of PS 5.


Adapting to Teenagers, Connecting to Kids

This remarkable collaboration, unique to our Penny Harvest schools, also resulted in an after school mentoring program which paired elementary school students with high school role-models/tutors. Joan Fox-Bow, the Penny Harvest Coach of UHHS, has offered an unlimited supply of energy, enthusiasm, support, and guidance to her young “Co-Coaches,” adapting the Penny Harvest model to fit the needs of high school students. The Roundtable Leaders already have plans to sustain the partnership into the next program year, with expansion of the mentorship program, a local park clean-up, and gardening lessons at the UHHS farm on the agenda.


schools participating in Legacy Service

“I feel great about what my school has accomplished. I’ve always wanted to help others but I didn’t know how until I became a part of Penny Harvest.” “It makes me feel great. It makes me feel amazing because I am giving to my community. Before I didn’t know anything about community service. I would like to come back to help out with Penny Harvest after I graduate from PS 123” -Students at PS 123 - Suydam

Blogging Their Legacy PS 112 in Brooklyn

The Penny Harvest Roundtable at PS 112 – also known as the Make-a-Change Gang – is completely studentled. The students gather pennies in the fall and run the Roundtable throughout the spring by researching organizations, developing interview questions, and conducting group discussions to plan grant-making and service. One of the major successes of this Roundtable coached by Mary Kayser and Leslie Freij is their innovative use of an online blog. Using a dedicated website, the Make-a-Change Gang members capture Roundtable highlights ranging from profiles of each member and Coach to detailed minutes of their weekly meetings. The school is very active in the Lefferts Park community and uses their Penny Harvest website to nurture this positive relationship. This year, students conducted several drives for those affected by Hurricane Sandy and also participated in the Common Cents Community Coach program. The website made it possible for students to inform the community of their ongoing projects and progress. Additionally, the website also promotes Penny Harvest legacy at PS 112: former Roundtables have pages with pictures and captions that celebrate the work done that school year. This serves as inspiration for incoming Roundtable leaders and recognition for former leaders who have moved on to middle school. 95

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Run for Change! 2013 are addressing is giving back…it is something that the rest of the world needs to know.” Council Member Jackson followed by saying, “As the chair of the Education Committee, for all you students that are graduating, Gale and I congratulate all of you for being leaders in our great city for making change. Today you Run for Change and walk for change.” It was fitting in traditional graduation style that the Legacy It was also a very special day for 50 Legacy Leaders turned their caps backwards and Leaders, Penny Harvest students graduating tossed them toward the only sunshine that from their respective schools. These soon- appeared through the dark clouds that morning. Karen Zakrzewski, Penny Harvest Coach to-be-alumni were commended by City at PS 45 John Tyler School on Staten Council Members Robert Jackson (District 7) Island led a huge team of students to and Gale Brewer (District 6) for their years Feeling proud, the Legacy Leaders rejoined their school teams in their borough section this year’s event. Along with Assistant of service “as leaders for making change” Principals, Amanda McClure and Jennifer and for paving the way for their underclass- and made their way to the start line. Upon the sound of the horn, two Penny Harvest Logan, and Principal Christine Chavez, man to take over the leadership reigns in students wearing their Run for Change! Karen brought her entire school leadernext year’s program. Before the Legacy shirts and the green sweatband of Staten ship team because, as she explained, “we Leaders were given their special one-of-aIsland’s top fundraising school, dashed want to make a difference in the lives kind red and yellow Legacy Leader Caps, of children and families both on Staten Council Member Brewer told them that “the across the tape holding hands and bursting with laughter. Shortly behind them was Island and throughout the United States.” lesson you learn is lifelong. The issues you Council Member Jackson with his skipping 2 year old grandson, and in parade fashion, each school followed behind holding their brightly colored banners. As the Penny Harvest community made its way along the Before the run and Hudson River course, Adam Seidel, Comrally began, mon Cents board member, former Managstudents ing Director, and Run for Change first Chair created (in from Boston), shared that “the Penny signs and Harvest is about connection…with just the posters to penny we are able to connect kids to their represent community and kids to the feeling of giving their school back starting at a young age. It doesn’t and Penny matter who you are, where you are from, Harvest and Roundtable you can always make the world better, you can make your community better and that starts with the penny and grows and grows with kids in their community.”

On June 8, 2013 Common Cents celebrated its 3rd Annual Penny Harvest Run for Change! Run/Rally celebrating a year of service by students from across New York City. Dressed in their borough colors (Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island), Penny Harvest students were joined by their coaches, family, and friends to write another chapter in the annals of Common Cents Run for Change! history and ensure the program’s survival for next year.

She added, “We decided to come out and support Common Cents because we want the Penny Harvest to continue because it is a very important program.” And PS 45 helped make that possible by raising over $4,000 in pennies to be given away as community grants and an additional $6,711 for the Run for Change!, making them the top Penny Harvest School this year.


Runners at the Run for Change!


Schools Fundraising

$30,239 Raised by Penny Harvest Coaches

2013 UPDATE Penny Harvest Legacy Leaders throw their hats in the air at the 2013 Run for Change! to celebrate their graduation from the program and the passing of the torch to the next generation of students. Flanked by Council Members Gail Brewer (right) and Robert Jackson (left, above) is Keith Hickman, Program Director (center, in green).


Participating Schools

Capital Region

*For a complete list of participating schools, see page 74.

Genet Elementary School Forest Park Sand Creek Middle School South Colonie High School

New Schools in 2012/2013*


DeWitt Clinton High School Dr. Izquierdo Health and Science Charter School Eximius College Preparatory Academy JHS 98 Herman Ridder MS 363 Academy for Personal Leadership & Excellence Pelham Preparatory Academy PS 1 Courtlandt School PS 102 Joseph O. Loretan PS 214 PS 47 John Randolph PS 59 The Community School of Technology PS 65 Mother Hale Academy PS/MS 29 Melrose School Theatre Arts Production Company School

Staten Island

PS 69 Daniel D. Tompkins The Michael J. Petrides School


Achievement First- Crown Heights Charter School Brooklyn High School for Leadership and Community GED Plus – BK Job Corp MS 246 Walt Whitman PS 139 Alexine A. Fenty PS 149 Danny Kaye PS 310 The Cultural Arts Academy at Spring Creek Charter


A. Philip Randolph Campus High School Academy for Social Action: A College Board School PS 108 Assemblyman Angelo Del Toro Educ. Complex St. Stephen of Hungary School


Challenge Preparatory Charter School GED Plus – Marcy Hub IS 237 IS 93 Ridgewood PS 122 Mamie Fay PS 160 Walter Francis Bishop PS/IS 116 William C. Hughley



Conrad Ball Middle School Dakota Valley Elementary School Dalton Elementary Denver Montclair International School Dupont Elementary Edison Elementary School Erwin Middle School Field Elementary Frederick Elementary Goodwill Student Advisory Council Green Mountain High School Hanson Elementary Lake International School Leroy Drive Elementary Mammoth Heights Elementary McAuliffe International School Mesa Middle School Peakview Elementary School Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen Westlake Middle School

All Stars: Chamption MS All Stars: Columbus City Prep/Boys All Stars: Columbus Collegiate Academy All Stars: South HS Cranbrook KIPP Connect Afterschool Program Maize New Albany Plain Local Schools Phoenix Middle School Trevitt

Seattle Green Lake Elementary Highland Park Elementary Jane Addams K-8 School

Los Angeles Lou Dantzler Preparatory Elementary School

2012/2013 Schools of Excellence Innovation Award

Pave Academy PS 112 Lefferts Park PS 19 The Curtis School PS 144Q PS 7 PS 205 Fiorella Laguardia University Heights High School

Highest Honors

IS 72 Rocco Laurie JHS 190 Russel Sage PS 1 Alfred E. Smith PS 188 at HS 790 PS 45 John Tyler PS 92 Harry T. Stewart Sr.

Honorable Mentions

First Honors

Castle Day Care John W. Lavelle Prep Charter School PS 123 Suydam School PS 17 The Henry David Thoreau School PS 188 Kingsbury PS 217 Colonel David Marcus Schoool PS 376 PS 54 Charles W. Leng The Family School

PS 105 Sen Abraham Bernstein; PS 115 Glen Oaks; PS 139 Alexine A. Fenty; PS 149 Christa Mcauliffe; PS 152 Gwendoline N. Alleyne School; PS 244; PS 377 Alejandrina B. De Gautier; PS 506 The School of Journalism & Technology

2012/2013 Fiscal Year*

*For a complete list of our supporters, see page 80.

Legacy Circle (Annual gift of $25,000-$99,999) Corporate, Foundation and Government Qatar Foundation / Fund for the Public Schools

Individuals Rosemarie Mohammed

Benefactor Circle (Annual gift of $10,000-$24,999) Corporate, Foundation and Government Trinity Wall Street

Leadership Circle (Annual gift of $5,000-$9,999) Corporate, Foundation and Government Jaroline Fund

Champions (Annual gift of $1,000-$4,999) Corporate, Foundation and Government Pfizer Inc Sony Pictures Releasing Corp.

Individuals Bill Comfort Laura Glass Jim Obrien Nick Pallo

Friends (Annual gift of $500-$999) Individuals

Cheryl Bianchi Victoria Cannava Orly Daniell Nicole Doria Katie Dougherty Deborah Greene

Supporters (Annual gift of $100-$499) Individuals Nialyn Albino Monel Amin Mark Andrews Isabella Arguello Rosalie Bagoo Matt Barasch Judy Barbarino Dina Bateman Katherine Berten Dirk Binder Brandy Borzumato Scott Brockett Chevais Brooks Addison Calle Gabriella Camacho Christine Chavez Nova Church Steve Ciampi Kenneth Clifford Myron Cohen Marvin Conan Ella Cook James Cunningham Robert Cunningham John And Jess Curran Jessica Derosa Susan Difato Michele Docharty Betty Doria Fran Doria George Dougherty Kelly Dupuis Alan Epstein Aaron Factor Stephanie Factor Annemarie Farah Jessica Feliciano Charlotte Trocchio Ferguson Amy Filadelfo Denise Filadelfo Frank Forte

Dianne Gaertner Hannah Gaertner Scott Gaertner Tony Gaertner Zoë Gaertner Christina Gagliardo Heather Gambeski Rosanne Gangi-Gaertner Marisa Garvin Brad Gersten Peter Gersten Rachel Gersten Henry Glass Maureen Greenslade Joann Grippo John Gwizdaloski Theresa Gwizdaloski Lashann & Courtney Hall David Harris Tracy Harrison Susan Hazelrig William Hazelrig Ashley Herring Abigail Hoffman Judy Hurwitz Erin Jansky Victoria Joseph Tricia Kampton Vince Kavanagh Sarah Kim Cindy Kitrosser Maria Kling Margaret Kreitz Ewan Labrom Robert Lanotte Daniel Lee David Leigh Sandra Leahy Sammy Levine Lizbeth Lizzy Jennifer Logan Catherine Loi Patricia Macarthy Lily Mandlin Michela Marchini Nadja Marcoz Debra Marks Jaimee Marshall Altemis Martinez Libby Mcpike Anna Montefinise Piedad Munoz Jaya Nahmiyas John Niccolai Barton O’Brien Colleen O’Brien Robert O’Brien

Anna Ortiz Anthony Palmieri Jennifer Pannunzio Jenn Pascual Amanda Pecora Maria Perri Steven Piaker Philip Ponterio Derrick Queen Omar Ramos Robert Rapaccioli Gracie Rifino Iris Rivas Lia Rodas Michelle Rodriguez Saltzman Family Joseph Salvato Ayshel Santos Lois & Stan Schneider Bob And Zee Seidel Steve Seidel Joseph Seip Daniel Slotkin Amanda Stocker Jen Swanson Patricia Tan Helen Tartaglione Danielle Tell Walter Thorman Cara Usatch Anna Vega Debra Weiner Caryn Wohlstetter Rebekah Young Ellen Zarchy Chao Zhou Audra Zuckerman


New Supporters

Lili-Michal Wilson Greenslade Jessica Jackson Lakshmi Koomar Michael Lashendock Judy Moschera Grace Nahmiyas Katherine Reilly Ava Weiner Karen Zakrzewski

In Kind Donors Bella Luna Home Polish The Katie Couric Show Lee’s Art Shop Lucky Strike MoMA New York Mets New York Yankees

We are also grateful to the multitudes of other donors who have contributed their treasure, time, and talent to sustaining the Penny Harvest.




Lashon Allen Anthony Berthel Jordan Conan Teddy Gross Keith Hickman Gracie Rifino

NYC Civic Corps

Common Cents Board of Directors Ted Greenwood

Stephen Youngwood

Nora Gross

Susan Andersen

(Outgoing Chair & Treasurer) Senior Advisor Alfred P. Sloan Foundation New York, NY (Secretary)

(Vice Chair & Incoming Treasurer) Senior Vice President Entertainment Products, Nickelodeon New York, NY

Gremesha Crump Robert Cunningham Shari McDonald Shanique Moxey

Co-Founder Common Cents New York, NY


Jon Dorfman

Jon Goldman

Teddy Gross

Tricia Kampton

Hasin Ahmed Leah Fernandes Jozzette Figueroa Israel Fuentes David Inkeles Whitley Plummer Sarah Przedborski Boris Stainoff Serena Tan Ava Weiner

Co-Chief Executive Officer Citi Alternative Investments New York, NY

Co-Founder & Executive Director Common Cents New York, NY

Professor of Psychology New York University New York, NY

Chairman & CEO (Retired) Foundation 9 Entertainment Venice, CA

(Incoming Chair) Parent Association Co-President Public School 144, Queens New York, NY

Jim Kielsmeier

Founder & Executive Director Adam Seidel (Retired) Director of Special Projects Iming Chen, Website/Database National Youth Leadership Council Roxbury Prep, Dorchester Campus Minneapolis, MN Boston, MA Steve Thomas, Design Willie Vega, Finance


Annual Report 2013 Addendum

Editing/Design: Nora Gross, Sarah Przedborski Articles: Robert Cunningham, Keith Hickman Photography: Jim Saylor, Penny Harvest Coaches, School Support Fellows


2013 Staff and Board

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Common cents 2013 annual report  

Common cents 2013 annual report

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