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Penny Harvest a Success at BSCSD

Ballston Spa Students Raise Over $7400 for Charities During SEFCU Penny Harvest

The annual fall harvesting of pennies has been completed in the Ballston Spa schools. Students collected over $7,400 this fall that will now be given back to local charities in the spring. The grand total now reaches over $97,159 that has been raised by students and given to the community through the program during the past eleven years.  

This year, over 65 students were chosen as Penny Harvest leaders in their respective schools and they are now responsible for researching local community issues and non-profit organizations that would benefit from their donation. Members of the student roundtable in each school will then interview representatives from local organizations and discuss how their funds could be used to further support these non-profits.  

The SEFCU Penny Harvest is implemented in grades K-12, in all six school buildings in the district, and has proven to be successful in educating students in service learning, financial literacy, and 21st Century learning skills. This program teaches students about the importance of philanthropy and service as well as teaching math, communication, and team building skills. Last year students donated $9,400 in funds to eight local non-profit organizations during the district’s annual Penny Harvest Celebration that took place in May.

The program, now in its twelfth year, is implemented in the fall of each school year and the funding presented to local charities in May.  The district is very grateful to SEFCU for sponsoring the program and for processing all of the pennies. For more information, please visit the school websites via or contact the BSCSD Office of District Advancement at 518-884-7195 ext. 1369.