GOODNESS, WE’RE DOING A LOT OF GREAT THINGS IN THE WORLD.
MSD Student Leaders and community participate yearly in the Penny Harvest!
Our all school Do Good project is in partnership with the Penny Harvest and the Young Philanthropist Foundation!
The Penny Harvest is the largest child philanthropy program in the United States. The Harvest grew from the desire of one child (the founder’s daughter) to feed the homeless, and for the last 15 years, thousands of children between the ages of four and 14 have been collecting pennies and turning those pennies into grants for community groups. Every penny our children collect will be ours to give away. The Young Philanthropist Foundation covers all material and administrative fees for the Harvest, enabling the funds to go directly to the community groups our MSD students will select. You can read more about the YP Foundation and the Penny Harvest here.
This Do-Good project will have three phases over the course of the school year.
Phase I: Gathering Pennies
We kick off the Penny Harvest project at our Community Gathering. Penny Harvest Student Leaders will present the project to the students and show the community how easy it is to find change. Penny Harvest bags will be sent home for each student to use to collect change. Each classroom will have a large jar that students can add to as their own collection grows. Once we put all of our jars together, it will be amazing to see how much we have collected!
Phase II: Gather Information
Once we have collected all the coins on the Penny Harvest Student Leaders convene and meet once a week for roundtable meetings under the direction of our Carole Baran from our Development Office. The Student Leaders will identify and prioritize community needs based on the causes the classrooms are most interested in supporting, research groups and visit local organizations to make the tough decisions on how our Penny Harvest funds can best make a difference in our community and globally.
Phase III: Take Action and Make Grants
Once organizations have been vetted and selected by the Student Leaders, we present funding checks at an end of the school year Community Gathering. MSD and the Young Philanthropist Foundation both believe that philanthropy is anything you do to make the world a better place. We are excited to have found this wonderful organization to partner with the MSD students, parents, and staff to fulfill a very important part of our mission.