Kinderhaus kids collect pennies for senior scholarships

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— Nine children from the Kinderhaus Family Center wore sailor hats as they marched into Steamboat Springs High School on May 23 with a large plastic wagon carrying four decorated glass jars filled with pennies.

The money, estimated at more than $200, will be given as a bonus to the winners of the Yampa Valley Business and Professional Women's Junior Pioneer Scholarship, which gives four awards two for $1,000 and two for $500 to a graduating local senior.

The children met with seniors from Tanna Johnson's AP English class, a majority of whom had applied for the scholarship. The kindergartners squirmed and giggled their way through introductions, before leaving hand in hand with the seniors for individual chats.

The money was collected through Kinderhaus' I Cent A Sailor to College fund-raiser, beginning in the fall by having the children pay with any pennies they had as an entry fee for the Tot Trot running race.

The children continued to collect pennies throughout the year, with Sandra McMahon's "Rainbow House" of 5- and 6-year-olds collecting the most money among the five age-based classes. They will be rewarded with a pizza party and movies near the end of the school year.

"We've encouraged them to help somebody out," said Kinderhaus Director Diane Carter. "It's a community contribution that they're doing."

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