The Pennies Make Sense campaign conducted by the Ballwin Police Department and schools in the city has been an annual occurrence since 1994, but this year’s effort proved to be far from routine.
The campaign this year yielded an all-time record $5,947, more than doubling the previous record of $2,471 set just last year – all for the benefit of St. Louis Area Foodbank.
If you’re counting, this year’s amount equals 594,700 pennies. And that’s a weighty matter – nearly 3,300 pounds worth to be more precise.
Of course, coins of any denomination, as well as folding money, were cheerfully accepted, so the total haul wasn’t quite that bulky. But it was large enough that it took personnel at River City Casino several hours to count it all. The casino provided its equipment and personnel for the counting task.
The $2,252.79 contributed at Parkway’s Henry Elementary was the highest amount raised at any of the six schools that took part in this year’s campaign. Other participating schools were Claymont Elementary, Holy Infant in Ballwin, Woerther Elementary and Selvidge Middle.
By leading the way, Henry students and faculty members won the honor of presenting the ceremonial check, as well as the real one, to Patrick Delhougne, a Foodbank development associate.
During the 20 years that the Pennies Make Sense program has operated, it has raised more than $27,132. The campaign invites students and faculty members at participating schools to toss their contributions into classroom containers each October.