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Penny drive goal is 1 million

Sun., May 30, 2010, midnight

Students at Winton Elementary School in the Coeur d’Alene School District are racing to collect pennies before the end of the school year. Their goal is to collect 1 million pennies before June 11.

Winton kids and staff have collected 80,217 pennies and are reaching out to people in other states for pennies.

Money raised from the penny collection will be donated to local charities and help pay expenses for Winton’s library.

Online vote could bring local grant

Family Support Services, a private school for gifted students and students with autism in Post Falls, recently learned it is in the running for a $250,000 grant from the Pepsi Refresh Project.

The school, which opened in 2008, offers preschool classes through third grade to approximately 60 students,. The grant would provide the funding needed to expand the school’s building and services, allowing the business to buy more land, build a new schoolhouse and add fourth- and fifth-grade classrooms.

The public has the opportunity to vote for the school, making it possible for Family Support Services to receive the grant. Visit www.refresh, click on “Education,” “250,000,” and “Expand our existing school dedicated to children with disabilities.”

The community can vote through Monday and the winners will be announced Tuesday.

Rainey Coffin can be reached at (509) 927-2166 or via e-mail at

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