Penny drive makes lots of cents
Molly Clafton has provided 82 people with clean water by collecting pennies.
The Newmarket resident and Grade 7 Bayview Hill Elementary School student was inspired when she attended We Day, an event hosted by the Free The Children organization. It brings together generations and inspires youth to take the lead on local and global change through activities and high profile guest speakers.
Those who previously raised funds for change spoke about the options available for students and Molly felt comfortable taking on a penny drive as her first step to helping others in a Third World country.
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She made presentations in each classroom, which included a video she created that showed photographs of people without clean water in places such as Kenya and Haiti, while the song Waiting on the Wo fake rolex rld to Change played in the background.
She then handed out a bag to each classroom that, when filled with pennies, equalled $25, the amount needed to give one person clean water. Every time a classroom filled a bag, it would get a raindrop on its door.
were all raising money for the same cause, but it did turn into a fun competition between some classrooms, she said with a smile.
She was delighted when she discovered the drive surpassed her original goal, raising more than $2,000, meaning clean water for more than 80 people through the Free The Children organization.
think it really cool that pennies can make such a big difference, she said.
In February, Molly will lead the We Are Love campaign in her school and will order pins with sayings printed on them to sell for $2, with funds going again to Free The Children.