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When is the last time you saw 6 million of something?

posted Oct 20, 2016, 6:11 AM by Cole Rogers

The Pathfinder Penny Project is an initiative of high school seniors enrolled in the "Holocaust & Human Behavior" class at Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School in Palmer, Massachusetts.

According to the most credible sources, it is conservatively estimated that 11 million lives were lost in the Holocaust, including 6 million Jews and as many as 1.5 million children. These numbers are difficult to fathom. The Penny Project has many facets, including the effort to help our students visualize these numbers.

We endeavor to raise and collect 6,000,000 pennies, one cent for each Jewish life lost in the Holocaust. The total value of such a haul of pennies is $60,000; a pretty decent chunk of change. Once our mission is complete and our students are able to see the scale of 6 million pennies, the money raised and collected will be donated to a Holocaust and/or genocide-related charity or non-profit organization, as well as toward funding a student field trip to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

We hope to collect the 6 million pennies as well as countless letters and notes from those of you who are moved or support our project. Share your story, why are you supporting us, and help keep the kids motivated!

If you would like to make a donation to support our students in their Penny Project, you can write out a check to "Pathfinder" and write "Penny Project" on the memo line.

Donations should be sent to:

Penny Project c/o Shaun Moriarty

Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School

240 Sykes Street

Palmer, MA 01069

If you have any questions about the Pathfinder Penny Project, “like” us on facebook at facebook.com/PathfinderPennyProject or contact Holocaust & Human Studies teacher Shaun Moriarty at smoriarty@pathfindertech.org.