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Santa Gets Extra Support from Some Unexpected Helpers
“We have $500 to buy items for needy families,” fifth grade students from PS 163 in Manhattan explained as they rode the subway to the 34th Street Post Office. They were headed there as part of a “Dear Santa” Neighborhood Service project they organized to help families during the holidays. The students were excited to help, but knew they would have a difficult task ahead: they could only choose 3 families to support...
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Join us as we celebrate students across NYC at 4th annual Run for Change. Since the fall, over 300,000 students answered the call to service by collecting pennies, totaling 4,607 sacks and $36,283.72 in cash and checks.

Spring into Service! Volunteer Opportunities

Check out the latest volunteer opportunities with local partner organizations throughout New York City.
Penny Harvest Alum - Student Leader to Executive Intern

As an alumna of PS6, the Penny Harvest is a huge part of my life. I began participating in the Penny Harvest in the third grade, where I attended weekly meetings during my lunch period to be part of the Roundtable.

Students were able to interview an organization's representative through the use of social media.

Many Penny Harvest students and schools immediately sprang into action and asked themselves, "What can we do to help?"

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Did You Know?
Why does the portrait of Abraham Lincoln face to the right when all of the other presidents' portraits face to the left? Lincoln faces right not because of a law, but simply because Lincoln happened to face right in the image Brenner used to design the coin.
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