Pennies for Dino

School counts: Coming soon!

Barrie: $1.78

Luther: $15.09

Purdy: $68.23

Rockwell: $109.55

* Remember, the winning school gets a pizza party Thursday, March 17th. If we reach our $500 goal, Dino gets to visit us Friday, May 6th (early release day) *

February has come and gone already, but Torch club is still going strong, holding a coin drive to help raise funds for Fort Atkinson Police Department to train a new K9 Officer, a one-year-old German Shepard named Dino (Pronounced Deeno). 

Each Club site is competing to see who can bring in the most money. All coins are being accepted with a particular emphasis on pennies. Why? Glad you asked.

Pennies are often thought of as a coin with no value. It's true that in the United States, you can't buy anything with one single penny. BUT pennies are the building blocks of the rest of money. Many pennies put together can buy a lot of things. This is similar to our club members. BGC is made up of all kids. Kids are often seen as small, and by themselves, they can't do much to change the world in noticeable ways. But by working together, like on this coin drive, kids can achieve so much!

Another reason to focus on pennies is because everyone has a penny. It doesn't matter how rich you are, or how poor. If you get an allowance or not. Everyone has a penny. And even if you don't have  one, you can find one. Pennies are all over the place, it just takes some looking. Maybe you find one on the ground, maybe under your bed, maybe in your couch, maybe in mom or dad's car. Anyone can find a penny and donate it to the coin drive. 

But if we had to raise $500 in all pennies, that would be a lot! 50,000 pennies to be exact. And are we going to achieve our $500 goal if everyone only brings in a few coins? NO. Take a look at the video below to see what 50,000 things looks like.

This is to remind you to bring in coins. Bring them in today. Bring them in tomorrow. Bring them in next week. Keep bringing coins until our coin drive ends on Wednesday, March 9th. If all of us work together and bring coins in, we can help Dino get trained and on his way to becoming a great K9 Officer.

For any questions, feel free to email Kate Vance, Assistant Club Director at