I just found out about a wonderful program called Pennies for the Planet. To this day, I get a smile on my face when I happen upon a stray penny, and yes, I do the whole "put it heads up and leave it for someone else," if I find one on its tail. But here's a way kids can make pennies even luckier... by using them to save puffins, a sagebrush habitat, or protect an ancient swamp forest.
From now until May 15th, encourage your kids to save their pennies for a greater cause. I love that it's "pennies," because even in these hard times, collecting them is easy to do, and children will learn a priceless lesson about the importance of charity and donating, even when giving in small increments. (Every little bit counts... baby steps...) Of course, spare change of higher denominations is welcome and appreciated too!
Whether you're a parent who wants to help save the world alongside your pint-sized sidekick, or a teacher with the ability to engage your classroom or your school in this program, head over to Pennies for the Planet and learn about the exciting ways you can "change" the world.