The 21st annual Common Cents: Pennies from the Heart campaign culminated in a check-presentation ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 21, where students met representatives from the nonnprofit organizations they chose to support.
This year, 320 students from 30 schools raised nearly $30,000 to support 30 community nonprofits. During the course of its 21-year run, Dallas ISD students have raised more than $900,000 through the Common Cents program.
Skyline High School, Dallas Environmental Science Academy and Sidney Lanier Expressive Arts Vanguard were the top money-raisers in their respective grade levels.
Skyline senior Juan Gonzalez Puente received the Louise Gartner Scholarship Award valued at $3,000. Gartner founded the Common Cents program.
Besides contributing funding to the nonprofits, the goal is to instill a love of serving others and to provide the knowledge that anyone at any age can make a positive difference in their communities.