Date: August 29th, 2018

The Worth of a Penny!

Have you ever wondered – what is the worth of a penny? From the number of these coins that can be found on floors and in parking lots, many would likely reply – not much!

Let’s go ‘back in time’ to the early 1950s. Dr. Kate Newcomb, Wisconsin’s Angel on Snowshoes, had a reverence for this copper colored coin, which features the likeness of President Abraham Lincoln. Dr. Kate, as she was known, ministered medicine in Wisconsin’s Northwoods. Her dream of opening a hospital was realized when the entire Arbor-Vitae/Woodruff area joined her crusade. In fact, local geometry teacher Otto Burich, brought the visualization of 1,000,000 to life for and with his students, launching the very successful Million Penny Parade! And, today, on a visit to Lakeland Memorial Hospital (Woodruff) which opened in 1956, folks visit THE BIG PENNY!

EVERY PENNY DOES COUNT! Students in the Mineral Point School District and their families/friends have contributed more than $7000 to the Mineral Point Excellence in Education Endowment Fund, a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin.

Fast forward to 2018 and to Mineral Point! Yes, EVERY PENNY COUNTS in Mineral Point and for the building of the Mineral Point Excellence in Education Endowment fund, designed to make grants for special initiatives in the MP Schools. Initiated during the 2017-2018 academic year by volunteer leaders of the MP EIE Endowment fund advisory board, the EVERY PENNY COUNTS campaign has – to date – resulted in donations totaling nearly $7200. The idea – every #PointerNation class, beginning with the Class of 2018 and extending to the 2017-2018 PK4 class (that’s the Class of 2031), would collect ‘pennies’ with the goal of achieving $1000. Yes, be it pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters or paper money, checks or credit cards, EVERY PENNY WOULD (and does) COUNT on the way to the $1K goal!

Congratulations are due the Classes of 2024, 2025, 2026, 2028, and 2029 on reaching the goal. Lots of people – students, parents, teachers, grandparents, friends, and neighbors – helped these 5 classes reach this milestone! Yes, EVERY PENNY DOES COUNT and there’s good reason to be confident that the 2018-2019 academic year will see another 5 classes reach the $1000 mark!

And these dollars – what is their intended use, the purpose? Initiated in 2016-2017, the Mineral Point Excellence in Education Endowment is a FOREVER fund that will provide monies to fund competitive grants for special projects, programs, and/or initiatives in the Mineral Point Schools. The inaugural grants, totaling $1990, were awarded in May of 2018. The projects funded included Opera for the Young, proposed by Jeff David; a subscription to Nearpod, an interactive learning platform, proposed by McKenzy Brown; and needed supplies to initiate Yoga and Mindfulness for School-Aged Children, proposed by Amanda Ingwell.

You can be a part of this initiative – just like folks in the 1950s in the Arbor-Vitae/Woodruff area. Your contribution, no matter the amount, will grow the FOREVER fund for the Mineral Point Schools. For more information contact any of the MPEIE advisory board members – including Nancy Harker, Sarah Fox, Christine Heins, Mary Jean James, Joni Martin, Larry McNeill, Kristin Mitchell, Jessie Potterton, or Rebecca Steffes. Donations may be sent to MPEIE, PO Box 5, Mineral Point WI 53565 or made online The Mineral Point Excellence in Education Endowment fund is a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, a 501(c)(3) public charity.