Hedding Elementary School in Abingdon collected more pennies than any of the other seven Knox County schools that took part. The drive benefited the Carl Sandburg State Historic Site in Galesburg. The school raised over $635. The campaign raised a total of $1,901.
The annual drive takes it inspiration from a 1909 essay Sandburg wrote to honor the minting of the Lincoln penny. The essay was titled “Lincoln for Pennies.”
The students had just one week to collect the money. Fourth-grader Lukas Tinkham said, ”I just like, got the change out of my piggy bank.”
September 21 is the International Day of Peace, which is also referred to as Peace Day. It's considered a shared date for acts of peace.
For example, the Philippine military said it will declare a one-day truce with communist rebels to mark the International Day of Peace.
The day was created by the United Nations in 1981 and the first Peace Day was celebrated in 1982. The UN's General Assembly declared in 2002 that September 21 would be the permanent date for the International Day of Peace.