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Spotlight on Partners: Elementary students gather sixteen hundred "Pennies for Piedras" 

A unique partnership between a group of dedicated school students at Grover Heights Elementary in Grover Beach and those who care for the Piedras Blancas Light Station has wrapped up its second year with a record-breaking collection of sixteen hundred ($1,600) "Pennies for Piedras." The money will be put toward the restoration of the 132-year-old lighthouse near San Simeon administered by the Bureau of Land Management.
 
During the 2005-06 school year, teacher Libby Anderson’s second and third grade combination class embarked on a study of lighthouses. A lighthouse fan herself, Anderson incorporated the topic in the studies of science, geography, math, history, and writing. Students picked a lighthouse and created a poster or scrapbook. They constructed a model, including a landform map, of their specific lighthouse.
 
"One student, Conner Sandman, was concerned that his topic, the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse, did not have a lantern room," said BLM Piedras Manager Jim Boucher. "Conner started a campaign he dubbed 'Pennies for Piedras' to raise funds for the restoration of the current truncated tower." (text continues below)

A costumed guide prepares to greet a busload of student visitors to Piedras Blancas Lightstation
A costumed guide prepares to greet a busload of student visitors to Piedras Blancas Lightstation
 
Students, teachers and parents regroup, with the Piedras Blancas Lightstation in the background
The students pose for a class portrait after their tour of Piedras Blancas Lightstation
 
BLM California Director Mike Pool visits the classroom to thank the students for their efforts
BLM California Director Mike Pool visits the classroom to speak with the Pennies for Piedras students
 
Students brought in pockets full of change. At school, they have held bake sales and juice sales. At Lighthouse Club meetings, they decorated shell and plaster magnets, rock paperweights, picture frames, and plaques with lighthouses and sold them. At home, the children had lemonade stands on sunny Saturdays and hot chocolate stands on cool weather Saturdays. Some children have also donated proceeds from family garage sales, from chores, from a portion of their allowance, and contributions from grandparents.
 
All these efforts culminated in “Pennies for Piedras” raising $1,227.30 in the 2005-2006 school year and $1,600 this school year. The funds will go directly into restoration efforts. 
 
Just some of the many rolls of pennies that the students collected
Some of the rolls of pennies collected for the effort
 
The students fondness for light houses is shown in their collection of models
The students fondness for light houses is shown in their collection of models
 
- Dave Christie, 6/07


BLM California News.bytes, issue 287

 
Last updated: 08-04-2009