Students Collect 8.5 Million Pennies To Set A 100 Mile Long Penny Chain Record

The Southern Californian students were collecting 8.5 million pennies at a speedway track Wednesday, trying to set a world record with a 100-mile-long penny chain and help a school program at the same time.


It is a nonprofit program. It provides free after-school care for students at more than 200 elementary and middle schools in at-risk communities in four counties:

Orange,

Los Angeles,

Riverside and

San Bernardino.

Each student collects pennies from their home. Students who collected the most got tickets to future Los Angeles Dodgers games, Flores said. It is also to show honor Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday and the 100th anniversary of the introduction of the Lincoln penny.




The money, about $84,500, will go to a program called THINK (Teaching, Helping, Inspiring & Nurturing Kids) Together. Nadia Flores, spokeswoman for the Santa Ana-based group, said the idea for "Miles of Change" came after group members saw students at a school in Kansas make a 40-mile-long chain of pennies in July 2008 to set a world record.

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