Huntington students collecting pennies in hopes of improving community

HUNTINGTON, TX (KTRE) - East Texas students arehoping to make their community a better place; cent by cent.

Huntington Elementarystudents have begun a three week project collecting pennies and they say theyhave already learned, and earned a lot.

"I have counted $100,"student Andrew Riley said.

"I counted a hundredpennies," student Connor Murray said.

"I have counted around 200to 300 pennies," student Destiny Snell said.

"I have countedaround 200 or 300," student Alexa White said.

The project is called "Pennyby Penny".

"We were trying tofind a project for the kids to be involved in," teacher Nikki Butler said.

The school hopes to make adifference in their hometown, even if it starts with one penny.

"Penny by penny, it startsto build and they are really actually seeing what a difference what everybodybringing in five handful of pennies can make," said Butler.

The children are excited andeven though they are competing against the other grades, they already haveplans for the money.

"I'm hoping we give theelderly some food and water," said Murray.

"We can make thecommunity prettier and better," said Snell.

"We are making ourcommunity better and cleaner," said White.

It is a three week projectand teachers say they are amazed.

"Their hearts are big,"Butler said.

It may just be a thirdgrade project but the students know everyone can learn from their actions.

"They can learn thatthey can help clean their community," said Snell.

The school hopes they willraise between $300 and $500.

Not only are the studentsgiving back, Huntington elementary, has a set up a donation spot at the frontof their school for anyone to come by and drop off extra change.

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