SOMERS, N.Y. - Every penny counts.
That was the message sent by Primrose kindergartners last Thursday, as students donated 1,620 pennies to support the services of Guiding Eyes for the Blind, the non-profit organization that provides service dogs to the visually impaired.
Throughout the year, the students have been doing chores at home to earn pennies to donate. Because of their efforts, Guiding Eyes received $162.
“Thank you so much for the pennies you’ve collected for Guiding Eyes for the Blind,” volunteer Nina Kellogg told the students.
Nina Kellogg accepted the pennies with her husband, Jeff Kellogg, and Becky Davidson, a volunteer who also uses Guiding Eyes’ services.
During the morning assembly, Nina Kellogg read a book titled: “Rugby and Rosie.” The book tells the story of Rugby, a family's beloved Labrador retriever, who finds himself unhappy with the new house guest, Rosie, a puppy brought home to be trained as a guide dog. But they soon become the closest of friends.
Next, Davidson sang about her guide dog, which informed the students about the important programs their pennies would be supporting. That was followed by a music teacher Stephanie Gruber's song about how good it feels to give.
At the end of the assembly, students brought their pennies to the front of the room and were allowed to pet the three Guiding Eyes dogs: Lawson, Sable and Hailey.
Primrose has been holding a penny drive for Guiding Eyes for the Blind for almost a decade.