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CHILD students collect ‘Pennies for Peace’

CHILD students, back row, left, are Skanda, Jonathan, James, Austin, Gregory (and Diana, not pictured). In front are Danielle Lineback, left, and Amy Hobson, from the Mercer Island Chase Bank.  - Contributed photo/CHILD
CHILD students, back row, left, are Skanda, Jonathan, James, Austin, Gregory (and Diana, not pictured). In front are Danielle Lineback, left, and Amy Hobson, from the Mercer Island Chase Bank.
— image credit: Contributed photo/CHILD

At the beginning of the school year, Children’s Institute for Learning Differences (CHILD) students in Room 108 read the book by Greg Mortenson, “Three Cups of Tea,” and were inspired by the story to raise money for the Pennies for Peace foundation. Led by young students (ranging in age from 6 to 10), CHILD has been collecting contributions of pennies from friends, families and staff. The Mercer Island branch of Chase Bank counted the cash and presented students with a check. The students were thrilled to learn that they raised $126 for the organization. The project, initially intended to last just a few months, has extended to run throughout the school year. The popular program was also run by Island Park Elementary School last year and will be expanded to all three elementary schools beginning in February.

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