Each year, Common Cents invites participating Penny Harvest schools to apply for the annual School of Excellence awards. These awards are designed to recognize the students, coaches, and schools that exemplify outstanding service in one or more of the four pillars of the Penny Harvest Program: Community Partnerships, Curriculum Integration, Student Leadership, Whole-School Involvement
This year, we will be celebrating 29 Schools of Excellence from the 682 schools that participated in the 2011-2012 Penny Harvest. This year’s winners represent diverse student populations from throughout the five boroughs of New York City and include 7 First Year Coaches, 11 First-Time SOE Winners, and 18 Repeat-Winners.
Click on the highlighted pillar to view each school’s profile
Community Partnership schools have succeeded in building lasting relationships with local community-based organizations, leaders, and/or businesses.
Schools that have exhibited excellence in Curriculum Integration have created lesson plans and innovated Penny Harvest activities in order to increase interest and participation in learning and service.
Outstanding Student Leadership schools emphasized the student-driven approach to the Penny Harvest through student-led kick-offs, outreach to community-based organizations, and spearheading service-learning opportunities for the entire school.
Whole-School Involvement recognition is given to schools that go above and beyond ensuring that all students, faculty, parents and volunteers in the community participate in the Penny Harvest.
The selection committee — including members of the Penny Harvest Advisory Board, the Common Cents Educator Network and Common Cents senior staff — scored the applications on the basis of the demonstrated quality of the program, the depth of their described program innovation and the overall detail and presentation of their application.