“It is amazing to know that so many students are ready and willing to help those less fortunate. Every single one of you should feel proud of what you are doing! Seeing your dedication gives us all hope that we will one day end hunger for everyone, everywhere.”
– Joel Berg, Executive Director, NYC Coalition Against Hunger (excerpted from a thank you letter to students)
After students have made their grant decisions, many schools host check presentation ceremonies where they present their grantee(s) with checks. You can present a certificate to every student and speak about how the money will be used. This is a great time for a constituent to speak about the value of the grant. There are many reasons to take part:
Address it to the Penny Harvest Coach and the Penny Harvest student leaders. Students love getting mail, and a “Thank You” note can be a great way to spark a lasting relationship with the school. Students and teachers share these notes with the entire school community. Things to consider:
You have the power to change attitudes towards children by telling your story – there’s no better way to appreciate them than that! Feature the grant in your newsletter or on your website and be sure to alert the school, as Red Nose Response did.
Common Cents can also recognize the grant on our website or in our e-newsletter. For example, we worked with The New York Says Thank You Foundation to highlight the generosity of students at PS 27 in Brooklyn.