Even Pennies Can Make a Difference

Even Pennies Can Make a Difference photo
As part of a library lesson, third-graders at Mills Pond Elementary collected pennies to purchase flocks of chicks through Heifer International.
The inspiration for this project came about when the students read the book “One Hen” by Katie Smith Milway in library class. The story – based on the true life of  Kwabena Darko – is about a young boy from Ghana, Kojo, who buys one brown hen with a small loan from the families in his village. Darko, 75, now owns the largest agricultural farm in Ghana and supplies eggs and chickens to many countries of western Africa.

After sharing this inspiring story, the third-graders and librarian Louise Prescott decided to help a family in need. They chose Heifer International as the donor organization and began to collect pennies to purchase a flock of chicks. The students counted and rolled the coins. They raised $60 in pennies and had enough funds to pay for three flocks of chicks.