Pennies for a cause

$10,600 raised for FD Community Schools

Students and staff at Riverside Early Learning Center, Butler, Duncombe, Cooper and Feelhaver elementary schools and the Fort Dodge Middle School raised $10,600 during the 2018 Miles of Pennies campaign.

Money was raised from April 9 to April 27.

“We are thrilled that each school met its 2018 goal,” said Fort Dodge Community Schools Foundation President Andrea DeJong. “I love seeing the creative ways staff encourage students to participate, from class wars to dress up days and pie-in-the-face contests, each school did a great job of raising money.”

The Miles of Pennies Campaign has been running for more than 30 years in the Fort Dodge Community School District. Schools collect any change (not just pennies), paper money and checks. The FDCS Foundation worked with First State Bank to collect and count the money, then redistribute it to each school. The FDCS Foundation kicks in a $100 bonus for each school that meets its goal.

2018 Miles of Pennies amounts raised and how the money will be spent:

Riverside Early Learning Center raised $795 for PBIS (Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports) and the outdoor classroom.

Butler Elementary School raised $3,005 for a washer and dryer for the school.

Cooper Elementary School raised $1,613 for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and playground equipment.

Duncombe Elementary School raised $1,786 for headphones and recess equipment.

Feelhaver Elementary School raised $1,017 for playground needs.

The Fort Dodge Middle School raised $2,460 for PBIS initiatives.