Children from Seaview Childcare Centre and Sandcastle and Sunshine Preschool count and roll pennies Monday afternoon.

Coins from the heart

After being inspired by the performance of a group of young people at a concert last fall, Nancy Geerts decided she’d try to similarily motivate the youngsters at South Surrey’s Seaview Childcare Centre, where she works as a childcare provider.

She came up with the idea for a penny drive, with the proceeds going to Variety the Children’s Charity, in effort to promote leadership and selflessness amongst the children at the centre.

“Being that my job is to guide and encourage children, I thought I would try and make a difference in our own backyard,” Geerts said.

Since mid-January, more than 60 children at Seaview – as well as Sandcastle and Sunshine Preschool – have been collecting pennies from family members, friends, from around the house or wherever they can find them.

So far, more than $268 has been counted, and Geerts said there is still “about half a big water jug” full of pennies left to count.

“The kids have really enjoyed it – they get so excited every time they bring in some more pennies,” she added.

– Nick Greenizan

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