Penny Parade Preserves Sandburg History

Area school kids took part in the annual Penny Parade at the Carl Sandburg birthplace Friday.

To help with upkeep and renovations, pennies are collected from the students and donated to the Carl Sandburg Historic Site Association for use at the home.

A short video lesson on Sandburg’s life was watched and students had the opportunity to listen to folk music and learn about Sandburg’s collection of the genre.

Penny Parade Committee Chairman Tom Foley tells WGIL this fundraiser is put on each year.

“We really kind of mostly use grade school kids, but we also involve other people,” Foley said. “It’s…a fundraiser for the birthplace, so kids literally just collect pennies.”

Last year, more than $3,000 was collected, and the funds have been used in the past to landscape and add a sound system.

Without State funding, the Penny Parade was started in 1961 as a way to support the home. That has since changed

Students were given take-home packets to work on which helps them learn about Sandburg and his writing.

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