Vilonia Penny Drive Honors Holocaust Victims

Seventh grade Pre AP literacy classes under teacher Linda Knapp at Vilonia Middle School launched the One Cent-One Life penny drive.

At a media presentation, last week, students Katelynn Bell and Emma Duncan, representing the class, said “it’s not just a penny drive” but one to bring awareness to the Holocaust. Each penny will stand for a real life lost,” one student said. “We hope to change the hearts of quite a few.”

The plan is to collect six million pennies for the six million Jewish people who were murdered, including one-and-a-half million children during the period from January 30, 1933 — when Adolf Hitler became chancellor of Germany — to May 8, 1945, when the war in Europe officially ended.

If the students reach the goal, one-and-a-half million pennies will be remain at the school and serve as a memorial to the children who lost their lives. The rest will be donated to the Jewish Federation of Arkansas. Read more in the Log Cabin Democrat.