Arizona CENTennial Penny Drive Announces Winners

Posted on by az100
Published: Wednesday, May 18, 2011 2:13 PM CDT

More than 68,000 Arizona K-8 students collected $23,237.45 in pennies to assist in refurbishing the Arizona Capitol Copper Dome.

On Friday, May 20, at 10:30 a.m., at Estes Elementary School, 11279 W. Grier Road, in Marana, Estes Elementary School, as the school that collected the most pennies of any participating school statewide, will receive a $500 check, a commemorative plaque in the shape of Arizona and a party, courtesy of Bashas’ with special appearances by:

? The Copper Chopper, the official mascot of the Arizona Centennial

? John Huppenthal, Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction

? Officials of Freeport-McMoRan, program sponsor

Estes Elementary School in Marana collected $1,309.70 – more than any other school in Arizona!

One-hundred and eighteen schools and nearly 70,000 K-8 students across the state participated in this Arizona CENTennial Children’s Legacy Project to learn Arizona history and participate in a service-learning project to collect pennies that will go toward the effort to shine the Arizona State Capitol Copper Dome as it serves as centerpiece for the upcoming Centennial celebration.

Blue ribbon winners in each of Arizona’s 15 counties (in addition to the grand prize winner, Estes Elementary School) are:

Apache – Concho Elementary School, Concho

Cochise – Pearce Elementary School, Pearce

Coconino – Fredonia Elementary School, Fredonia

Gila – Pine-Strawberry Elementary School, Pine

Graham – Lafe Nelson Elementary School, Safford

Greenlee – Duncan Elementary School, Duncan

La Paz – Bouse Elementary School, Bouse

Maricopa – Cactus View Elementary, Phoenix

Mohave – Topock Elementary School, Topock

Navajo – Joseph City Elementary School, Joseph City

Pima – Los Ranchitos Elementary School, Tucson

Pinal – Cactus Middle School, Casa Grande

Santa Cruz – Elgin Elementary School, Santa Cruz

Yavapai – Camp Verde Elementary School, Camp Verde

Yuma – Gila Vista Jr High – Yuma

The Arizona CENTennial Penny Drive is sponsored by Freeport- McMoRan Copper & Gold, and The Arizona Republic/Media in Education. Partner is Bashas’ Family of Stores and Coinstar.

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