Kiel fourth graders collect pennies for victims
Fourth grade class collected $330 for New York City
By Dave Penthan
KIEL -- Fourth grade students at Ss. Peter and Paul School in Kiel have traditionally collected pennies in recent years to gain a better understanding of large numbers. Once the students achieved their goal of 2,000 pennies, the $20 was donated locally to a worthy cause.
This school year, the nine students in Ann Dumke's fourth grade class began this project in early September. Following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, the children asked if the pennies they collected could be sent to New York City. The fourth grade class, with added help from students in other grades as well as various donations, greatly exceeded the goal of 2,000 pennies. In a little more than three weeks, 9,150 pennies were collected. That amount, $91.50, along with additional funds that were collected, totaling $330 was sent in the form of a cashier's check to a special "9-11 Neediest Fund" in New York.
Dumke has friends who work in Manhattan who suggested the specific charity for the donated funds. The people of New York responded to the donation with a package.
Inside was a note that read: "Dear Children, So many people in New York think what you did for the September 11th tragedy was generous and wonderful. It's very important for all of us to feel close, and we hope you'll wear these t-shirts and feel the love New York sends back to you. God bless you."
The shirts were presented to the fourth graders following Mass on Nov. 14. The students displayed the shirts for everyone in the church to see. When they returned to school, they put on their new keepsakes and wore them the remainder of the day. The students never expected to receive anything in return for their desire to help others. Their only intent was to help the people of New York.
The members of the Ss. Peter and Paul fourth grade class are: David Ausloos, Leah Campbell, Tori Edmonds, Emma Jelinek, Valeria Koschnick, Peter Kraus, Brooke Schneider, Taylor Schuler, and Jacob Winkel. Dr. Wayne Haasl is the principal at Ss. Peter and Paul.
(Penthan is the public relations coordinator at Ss. Peter and Paul School, Kiel.)