Common Cents fundraising effort collects nearly $27,000 for charities


Pennies can really add up, especially if they come from the heart.

The 22 Dallas ISD schools that participated in this year’s Common Cents “Pennies from the Heart” campaign know that’s true, too. Collectively, the students raised nearly $27,000 in the effort’s 18th year, pushing the grand total to $800,000 over the life of the program. On Wednesday, Feb. 24, students presented ceremonial checks to the 23 nonprofit organizations they selected to receive the donations.

Common Cents was founded by Louise Gartner and her daughter, GiGi, who know oversees the annual campaign.

Among schools that raised more than $1,500 for their charities are J.L. Long Middle School, Alex W. Spence Middle School and Sunset High School. Skyline High School raised the most money this year – more than $4,000 – and one of its students, senior Elizabeth Segoviano, received this year’s Common Cents Scholarship.

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