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VSOs Take to Penny Drive

Magazine article Techniques

VSOs Take to Penny Drive

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It began with 168 pennies from students at an Oklahoma City elementary school and grew into a nationwide fund-raising campaign organized by advisers from seven vocational student organizations. The campaign's goal is to build a memorial for the 168 people who died in the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.

Nancy Krodel, principal of Coronado Heights Elementary School in Oklahoma City, wanted to focus her students' energy on something positive as well earn money for a memorial for the bombing victims. She asked each student to donate 168 pennies, one in memory of each victim, and the response was overwhelming. The school ultimately raised more than $50,000 and donated it to the Oklahoma City National Memorial Foundation.

Impressed by the local campaign, representatives from the foundation approached officials in the Oklahoma Department of Education last September to launch a national fund-raising drive. The foundation and education department designed a campaign kit containing guidelines for schools to conduct their own fund-raising and mailed them to schools nationwide.

Student presidents of DECA, FBLA, FFA, FHA/HERO, HOSA, TSA and VICA attended a ceremony in Oklahoma City last October to kick off the campaign. …

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