We give elementary school students an opportunity to make meaningful decisions about real issues facing Oakland. Then, we give them a concrete way to help.
The Penny Roundup Program includes standards-based materials to educate students on issues in five categories: food, shelter, health, safety and education. Students vote on a specific issue to support, interview two non-profit organizations and select one to receive the proceeds of their Penny Roundup grant. Students advocate for their cause, “round up” pennies and other coins (aka “good cents”) and donate 100% of what they raise to their chosen non-profit.
In larger group programs, 3rd-5th grade students may apply for leadership positions on our student roundtable. Student Roundtable students help by educating the school about issues before students vote and interview two non-profit organization from which they select the school’s winning non-profit.
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