Northglenn: Leroy Elementary’s Penny Harvest Benefits Cat Care Society

Cat Care Society (CCS) received a check for $900 “harvested” from pennies collected by Northglenn’s Leroy Elementary students from family and friends. A national program of the Young Philanthropists Foundation, Penny Harvest started earlier in the school year when the Leroy students voted on the areas of focus for their project, researched appropriate charities and vetted them.

Denver, CO, June 12, 2014 --( The students of Leroy Elementary in Northglenn, Colorado, selected Cat Care Society (CCS) and Pets for Patriots to receive proceeds from their ‘Penny Harvest’ project this year.

In turn, CCS recently received a check for $900 “harvested” from pennies collected by the Leroy students from family and friends during the past school year. Under the guidance of fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Harvey, the students also collected and brought in $250 worth of cat food and litter to the shelter as part of their project. Students toured CCS on Saturday, May 24th, and, of course, petted and played with the shelter cats.

A national program of the Young Philanthropists Foundation, Penny Harvest started earlier in the school year when the Leroy students voted on the areas of focus for their project. They picked animals and military. Next, a round table of third through fifth graders researched possible charities and came up with seven that came to the school, made presentations and answered questions from the students (among them CCS Outreach Director Suellen Scott, Volunteer Margaret Phillips and Puma the cat from CCS on April 3). Afterward, Leroy studens voted again to select the two winning charities. For more information, visit

Quoting from the Foundation website: “The Penny Harvest is not a fundraiser, it is a free, school-based citizenship and leadership service-learning program that integrates with the school calendar. Students harvest 'idle pennies' from family and friends, use those funds to make microgrants to nonprofit organizations, and participate in corresponding service projects. Unlike other coin harvesting programs, Penny Harvest gives students total autonomy to decide where the money should go. Through this character-building experience, students learn the importance of civic engagement, philanthropy and teamwork and develop a greater understanding of their classmates, their school and their community, as well as the needs of others around them.” For more information, visit

About the Cat Care Society

CCS, founded in 1981, is a nonprofit organization established to improve the quality of life for homeless, injured and abused cats in the Denver metropolitan area. The Society's goals are:

* To sponsor educational programs that promote responsible pet ownership, humane treatment of all animals, and the elimination of pet overpopulation;
* To shelter cats in a healthy, cage free environment and to find compatible and responsible families for every cat;
* To provide community outreach programs that improve the quality of life for cats and people;
* To be a friend to all cats.

CCS is supported by a number of loyal members and contributors, without whom the shelter could not operate. CCS receives no government funding. In addition, CCS volunteers assist with many fundraising activities each year. For more information, visit

Denver's Cat Care Society is found on these social media sites:
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Facebook Tails of the Painted Cats Page:
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