Penny Harvest funds to be given to Downtown Emergency Service Center and Seattle Animal Shelter

Fourth and fifth graders involved in the Penny Harvest Roundtable made their decision last week as to which organizations will receive John Hay’s Penny Harvest funds. The entire school was surveyed regarding where they thought the funds should go and animal welfare, homelessness, and the environment were the biggest concerns. After interviewing four organizations, students participating in the roundtable discussion had a rousing discussion regarding which organization should receive the money and how much of the $1000 in Penny Harvest funds collected by the student body last fall. While it was unanimous that Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC) will receive money to prepare welcome kits of towels, sheets, pots, etc to new residents of their transitional housing units, the group differed on their preferences for the environment vs. animals and how much money to give each. After going several rounds, the boys beat out the girls in deciding that “people” should receive more than “animals”. Final results allocate $600 to DESC and $400 to Seattle Animal Shelter for veterinary care. The girls are still waiting for an acceptable explanation from the boys as to why, in their opinions “people are worth more than animals.” Thanks to all who participated in this fabulous learning experience on philanthropy and community!

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