Students at Cascade View Elementary School in Tukwila presented a check for $500 to Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) on Wednesday, June 15. The gift marked the conclusion of their year-long fundraising effort called the “Penny Harvest.”
Penny Harvest was created by Common Cents in 1991. The goal of the program is to teach children between the ages of four and 14 about philanthropy and giving back to their community. Children are encouraged to collect pennies from family, friends, and neighbors. Student leaders then collaborate to choose who should receive the funds collected.
Penny Harvest teaches children about sharing, working together, and how small efforts combined can add up to make big changes in their community. The students also learn about leadership, problem solving, and democratic decision-making.
The funds raised in the Cascade View Penny Harvest will go toward caring for animals at the RASKC Shelter in Kent. Some of the services that will be supported by the grant include veterinary care for shelter animals, purchasing food and supplies, and making sure pets have a safe, comfortable place to stay while they wait to be adopted.
RASKC would like to thank the students at Cascade View for their generosity and giving spirit. Watch the video of the check presentation ceremony below!