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Students collecting pennies to purchase books in memory of Sandy Hook victims
Posted 04 - 16 - 2013

Nacogdoches students plan to show the power of a penny with the Project Sandy Hook Penny Drop Fund Raiser.


The 10 NISD campuses will compete to see who can raise the most money by gathering pennies. It kicks off Wednesday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m. during the Jump Start at Carpenter Academy of Technology and Science.


Collection of money continues through May 24.


Funds raised will purchase books for the Sandy Hook Elementary School library in memory of the students and teachers who died, said Danette Wofford, an NISD Dyslexia Therapist and Project Sandy Hook coordinator.


Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., was the site where 26 people — 20 students and six adults —were shot and killed on Dec. 14.


“Nacogdoches elementary librarians are surveying kindergarten and first graders to learn about their favorite books and will submit a list to me.” Wofford said. “We will purchase 20 children's books in memory of the students, and six grief counseling type books in memory of the adults.”


Wofford said during several “spirit nights,” restaurants will give a portion of their proceeds to Project Sandy Hook.  The restaurants and dates will be announced in the future.


Penny Hops also are scheduled for P.E. classes at the elementary school. Students can donate pennies to get into the dance.


For more information, contact Rayanne Schmid, communications coordinator at (936) 569-5000 ext. 8845 or

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