Students from P.S. 245 in Flatbush, Brooklyn recently proved the value of some spare change after participating in the Penny Harvest. The Penny Harvest encourages young students to collect spare change and pennies throughout the school year to donate to a local community organization.
This year, P.S. 245 students chose to donate funds raised from the Penny Harvest to the 9/11 Memorial. The students raised $400. Though most students at P.S. 245 were not born yet or too young to remember the events of 9/11, they heard about the 9/11 Memorial and Museum and wanted to help.
Teachers at P.S. 245 incorporate 9/11 into their social studies curriculum to tell the story of 9/11 and its impact to a younger generation. The students’ efforts to help the memorial encourages community involvement to honor the legacy of 9/11 and helps to ensure that their own generation, as well as future generations, will have a space to reflect upon the events of 9/11 and honor those who perished in the attacks.
By Emily Bonta, 9/11 Memorial Communications intern