It's called "Pennies for a Purpose". After recently studying the Holocaust, some Muscatine 8th graders are collecting pennies to honor victims of that era. Their goal is to raise six million pennies, a penny for every Jewish life lost in the Holocaust.
So far they've raised more than 33,000 pennies from family, residents, and local businesses. They came up with the idea partly because a penny is something people often discard.
"We just thought it would be a good idea to know how many people died and so if you look at all these pennies, there's one person that already died right there. It's a lot easier to know how much six million is," said student Hannah Whitworth.
The purpose, after collecting all those pennies, is giving back to the community. The students plan to donate to Kids First, a local charity that provides support, like school supplies and clothing, to children in need.