Pennies Count at Holy Name School

Holy Name School is trying to collect one million pennies. Students at the school are reading books and learning the meaning of the number, one million.

As a graphic demonstration, the school has set up a large box in the front hallway, and is inviting students, teachers and visitors to donate pennies.

The project is the brainchild of Mandy Leach, who teaches second grade at the school. She explained how she got the idea.

Through Sept. 22, the last time the pennies were counted, there were 3,700 in the box. People who contribute coins are asked to write the total number of pennies they give on a paper that's on top of the box. Holy Name Principal Mary Margaret Drake said if the goal is reached, that will be $10,000. The school's student council will vote on how the money will be used.