LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Despite what area farmers are saying, it is harvest season in Tippecanoe County. One organization is hoping to cultivate some copper.
They are not pennies from heaven, but they are certainly a charitable gift. The plastic tub at Earhart Elementary School in Lafayette now weighs more than 350 pounds thanks to students like second-grader Marianna Diaz.
"I got some from my grandma, my mom and we all made that whole pile of 1,000 pennies," said Diaz.
It is all part of this year's Penny Harvest, benefiting Lafayette Family Services. Nadine Roush coordinated the effort at the school. She said helping out a worthy cause gives the kids who walk down the halls a sense of pride. She said they have seen Family Services work in their own lives.
"Some of the children will even be able to tell you: 'they helped us get a car seat for my baby sister' or, 'a book for my little brother.' They know and they see the role Family Services has in the community and so they are eager to help with that," Roush.
The goal of every grade is 100 pounds of pennies. The 4th grade has done so well they are donating what they donated
"Right now we have 142 pennies and right now we are giving all the pennies we collect to the kindergarten," said 4th grader Dalton May.
Family Services Coordinator Jacob Franklin said the money raised from the harvest will help close the gap between what the organization needs to fund its programs, and what government grant funds they actually receive.
"It is important for us to raise a few additional funds to serve the population," said Franklin.
Franklin added that in 2010 a little more than 2,200 newborns in Tippecanoe County were aided with help from Penny Harvest.
If you would like to donate there are 35 locations around the county to drop off your change.
To find locations and to learn more about the Penny Harvest or Lafayette Family Services, click here .
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