Last week, the seventh grade Pre AP literacy classes, under teacher Linda Knapp, at Vilonia Middle School received a helping hand with the One-Cent, One-Life penny drive.
Members of the Gamma Beta Phi Society at ASU Beebe, along with their advisor Dr. Stephen Knapp, delivered $175 to add to the 229,280 pennies the VMS students have already collected.
The students said they raised the money as a result of a Valentine's Day fundraiser. During the presentation, Linda Knapp said the students are "way ahead" of where they thought they would be. They have received support, she said, from around the country.
The ASU visitors were invited into the classroom where they were introduced to other Holocaust related projects the students have worked on including a quilt and a writing exercise.
Through the penny drive, students are hoping to bring awareness to the Holocaust. Each penny will stand for a "real life lost,” students explained.
Their goal is to collect six million pennies for the six million Jews who were murdered including one-and-a-half million children the period from January 30, 1933 - when Adolf Hitler became chancellor of Germany - to May 8, 1945, when the war in Europe officially ended.
If the students reach the goal, one-and-a-half million pennies will be remain at the school and serve as a memorial to the children who lost their lives. The rest will be donated to the Jewish Federation of Arkansas.