October marks the eleventh annual United Way of Sandusky County /Building Community Together (BCT) fundraising campaign. Nine schools from around the county will be participating in the "2010 Pennies By The Pound", including Clyde Elementary, Fremont's Washington, Stamm, Hayes, Croghan, Atkinson, Otis, and Lutz Elementary as well as Gibsonburg Hilfiker Elementary.
"The Pennies by the Pound Contest is a fun and convenient way to raise money for this year's campaign.", said Braden Martinez, Fundraising Coordinator for BCT. The schools are given a designated week where each classroom brings in spare change. The youth board members from BCT go to the school at the end of the designated week to weigh each classroom's change. For every pound of change, classrooms will earn one raffle ticket for a chance to win a pizza party.
According to Angie Morelock a BCT adult advisor, "The schools participate because they know it is important for several reasons. The money raised goes toward programs that their students benefit from and participate in, all the money raised remains in Sandusky County and it encourages early giving among students, which will follow them into adulthood."
United Way funds many youth programs in the county such as Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, 4-H, Camp Fire, YMCA and more while BCT is a youth philanthropy board that uses the funds to grant to groups of local youth doing community service projects. BCT is reaching the $30,000 mark for grants awarded within the county.
The 2010 Pennies By the Pound collection started the week of October 11 and will continue until the week of November 5. Last year the fundraiser brought in $6, 012.95 and they hope to reach the goal of $6,000 again this year.