Burpee Museum launches ‘Pennies for Jane’

Burpee Museum launches ‘Pennies for Jane’


Rockford’s celebrity dinosaur, Jane, was discovered in the Badlands of Montana in 2001 and brought to Rockford last summer. She was discovered by Rockford folks, who brought her here. She belongs to all of us—including our children. For hundreds of years, children of all ages have been fascinated with dinosaurs. So it is no surprise that students from every grade level throughout the Rock River Valley want to help build a permanent display for Jane.

“Pennies for Jane” was the inspiration of Dr. Susan Leahy, head of Lower Keith Country Day School. Dr. Leahy said, “Students from the Lower School have been enthralled learning about Jane and were excited to raise pennies for her.” In less than three months, students from Keith Lower School collected nearly $1,050.” Spectrum School has raised more than $250. Second grade students from Rolling Green, also participating in the campaign, have been studying dinosaurs and created several dinosaurs that are on display at the Burpee Museum.

Building upon the success of these students’ fund-raising efforts, all 53 schools (elementary, middle and high) in School District 205 are committed to the “Pennies for Jane” campaign. One coin canister will be placed in each classroom throughout the district. Other area schools participating in the “Pennies for Jane” campaign include: Machesney Elementary, Donald C. Parker, Ralston Elementary, Harlem Middle and Olson Park Elementary from the Harlem School District; Regional Alternative School; Pecatonica Grade School; Lutheran Academy Gloria Dei; Boylan and several other schools from the Diocese. This year’s goal for the “Pennies for Jane” campaign is $25,000. It will run through the end of May. A culminating celebration will take place the end of May at the Burpee for student council members and representatives from participating schools to empty their canisters into a big barrel and roll the pennies to a nearby bank for deposit.

Information: www.burpee.org or call 965-3433, ext. 1005.

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