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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • ND students help fund construction with pennies

  • When efforts to fund a $7.5 million school construction project in Powers Lake fell $1 million short, students turned to their piggy banks.
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  • When efforts to fund a $7.5 million school construction project in Powers Lake fell $1 million short, students turned to their piggy banks.
    In six days, the 105 elementary school students in the northwestern North Dakota town raised nearly $1,200 in pennies and other coins. That is an average of more than 1,100 pennies per student.
    Superintendent Marlyn Vatne tells the Minot Daily News the money won't be enough — but the effort made the students feel a part of the project.
    The planned classroom addition and new cafeteria at the high school is being funded through loans, a state grant, a bond issue passed by voters and donations. The district has set up a fundraising fund through the North Dakota School Foundation to try to reach the goal.

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