Ozone Park students give back

Students from P.S. 63 Q in Ozone Park have certainly been busy, raising money to donate to their favorite charities. During the school’s annual “Penny Harvest” in June, students collect pennies and then make a group decision about where to donate them. “The Penny Pinchers” roundtable members, a group run by 4th and 5th grade students at the school, discuss which charitable organizations and causes they are interested in donating to.
At a “Penny Harvest Awards Ceremony” that included honored guests, Senator Serphin Maltese, Councilmember Joseph Addabbo and Sandra Henry of Common Cents New York Fellow, students and teachers presented a check from the proceeds of the Penny Harvest to the Ronald McDonald House, as well as to other charities like Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly, Hellen Keller Services for the Blind and Bobbi & the Strays. Outside of school, the students received a Service Learning Grant for a neighborhood beautification project they are doing.
Through this project and their Penny Harvest efforts, the children learn about what it means to give of themselves.

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