Tuesday, December 18, 2007
On my way to The Mac Store at 5th Ave to pick up my laptop (fixed at last!) I walked through Rockefeller Center where for me the real star is not the tree but just to the North of it.
Penny Lane or the Penny Harvest Field at Rockefeller Center covers the pedestrian walkway between 50th and 51st Streets.
Measuring 165 feet long and 30 feet wide, with pennies stacked 8 inches deep, it is an impressive testament to the saying 'every little bit counts'.
Last year, students from 750 schools collected $650,000 in pennies. The small change translated into 1,460 cash grants to 850 community organizations, including homeless shelters, animal rescue organizations, community gardens and senior centers. My kids have participated in past years and found it empowering to be part of something big and surprised at how pennies CAN add up.
Learn more about Common Cents, creators of the Penny Harvest here. Learn more about the Penny Field here.
Think you know how many pennies are in the field? Submit your guess here to qualify for a 'great prize'.
Penny Field: Open free to the public every day from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., through Dec. 31.