For Students, Collecting Pennies Pays Off

  • For students in the Los Angeles area, collecting pennies paid off. A mountain of one million pennies ($10,000) was collected through fundraising efforts spearheaded by a fourth grade class during the 1995-96 school year. The pennies will buy new computers for their school. 
  • During the 1995 holiday season, elementary school children collected 14,133 pennies, nearly 2,000 more than in 1994, for the Omaha World-Herald Good Fellows charity. The Good Fellows charity helps buy eyeglasses, coats and shoes for children of needy families. 
  • Norco Intermediate School seventh and eighth graders, about 1,000 students in all, are collecting pennies for the Leukemia Society of America's Pennies for Patients program. During the 1995-96 school year the students will have raised approximately $2,000 to help find a cure for leukemia. Recent Pennies for Patients drives held at schools throughout three counties in California have raised about $90,000. 
  • Penny by penny, sixth graders at Memorial Boulevard School in Hartford are leading the effort to save the South American rain forest. Several teams of students are collecting pennies to buy tracts of the rain forest through a program called Pennies for the Planet, sponsored by the Virginia-based conservation group Earth Force. The entire school has joined in the effort, with students of all grades reaching into their pockets searching for pennies. After only three school days, students collected $83.39, enough to buy 8,000 square feet of land. 
  • Other schools having heard of the Pennies for the Planet effort are eager to get involved. Kindergarten students at the Plymouth Center School in Plymouth started collecting pennies, too.

  • In Syosset, Long Island students at St. Edward the Confessor School were involved in a semester long campaign to feed the hungry. Working with Stop World Hunger!, students are participating in the Penny Power project which asks students to collect spare pennies. All money raised will be forwarded to Catholic Relief Services. 
  • Children in Nashville, TN have been encouraged to save their pennies in a savings account with AmSouth Bank. AmSouth's Pockets McPhee savings account program awards children with prizes such as pencils and coloring books as they save. The program has worked in teaching children the value of saving pennies. 
  • Greenbriar Elementary School in Indianapolis, IN, started a penny drive with the lofty goal of collecting one million pennies. In November 1995, nearly 47,000 pennies were added to the fund.



President's Day - A Time to Celebrate Abraham Lincoln and Cheaper Pennies

President's Day gives us the chance - at least once a year - to recognize Abraham Lincoln's immense contributions to the country and a legacy that continues to enrich us daily.

President Lincoln is a unique cultural and historical figure," said Mark Weller, Executive Director of Americans for Common Cents. "It's not just that the front of the penny has had Lincoln's image since 1909, it's what Lincoln did for our nation," Weller added "He possessed all the qualities we want in a president -- the ability to unite a divided nation, honesty, strength, and humility," Weller concluded.

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Special Announcement!

Pennies for Pasta and Pennies for Patients

These are run by The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through its local chapters as part of its renamed Student Series program:

For more information, you should call your local Chapter which may be found by going to the Society's website at:

Please note Americans for Common Cents does not get actively engaged in any fundraising activities.

Collapse of the zinc market means the penny is cheaper to make; saves taxpayers!

A collapse in metals prices means U.S. coins, including the penny, are less expensive to make. The penny has reached its lowest cost in seven years. Each 1-cent coin, made almost entirely of zinc, now costs the taxpayer much less to produce and its likely to stay that way for the foreseeable future.

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More than Two-Thirds of Americans Still Favor Keeping the Penny

Recent Poll Shows Increasing Penny Support and Concern About Price Increases If Penny Is Eliminated

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A poll released today by Americans for Common Cents (ACC) continues to show overwhelming and increasing support for the penny by the American public. 68% of those surveyed favor keeping the penny in circulation, representing a slight increase since the last poll in 2012.

"These results confirm the strong and unwavering support the penny continues to receive from Americans," said Mark Weller, Executive Director of ACC. Weller's group includes more than 50 organizations that support continued production of the penny.

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