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The best way to help our young people is to connect with our neighbors, so let’s get started!
TALK THE TALK: Spread the word with a letter. Briefly explain that school children will decide how to use all of the funds to improve the community. Let your neighbors know when you are coming to pickup their pennies.
WALK THE WALK: The more neighbors you meet, the better. With your child, it can be fun to set a goal, make a plan, and keep track of which neighbors you have visited. Remember: Pennies are heavy. Your child may have to make more than one trip. Plan ahead.
Plan Ahead: the Penny Harvest ends November 26!
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Penny Harvest with your child! Each year thousands of parents work together hand in hand with their children, to visit neighbors and collect pennies by the ton, creating meaningful connections between child and parent, and between families and neighbors.
Helping your child harvest pennies makes neighborhoods safer. Research shows that communities become safer when neighbors and children know one another. It also helps children build confidence and oral communication skills as they introduce themselves to neighbors and explain the harvest.
Go Together: Harvesting pennies is a family activity. If you and your child trick-or-treat, use the same route and strategies.
Set a Goal: Sit with your child and decide how many neighbors you want to approach. At least 15-20 is typical, but there’s no limit. You’ll be amazed how many pennies you’ll be able to collect!
Use Letters: Your child should bring home a ‘Dear Neighbor’ letter. Slip it under neighbors’ doors several days before you penny harvest. Letting your neighbors know you are coming is very important! Plan to distribute more than your goal because not everyone will be home or able to participate. Make sure to include your name and your child’s name in the space provided.
Write a Script: Work with your child to write and practice a short script of what he/she will say to neighbors. Make sure your child includes the name of his/her school and talks about what the Penny Harvest is and why they are collecting pennies. All Penny Harvest funds are given away by students to charities and student community service projects.
Keep Track: Create a chart to help you and your child keep track of which homes you have visited and those you need to revisit.
Bring Pennies In: Pennies are heavy! Plan how to get all of your child’s pennies to school before the close of the Penny Harvest. If you or a neighbor has access to a car, try to schedule a carpool trip to school (or you can make several trips to school).
Say Thanks: Make sure to thank your neighbors. Tell them their participation in the Penny Harvest will help students learn how to make a difference in their community. And thank yourself and your child, together you made every penny and every person count!