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Home > Common Cents Releases 9.12 Book
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September 10, 2012

Reflections and Pledges for a Better World by NYC Students
A decade after September 11


Download your copy here (PDF) or order the hard cover version here

New York City -- Common Cents announced today the online release of a book created by thousands of New York City students reflecting on the meaning of September 11 in their lives and pledging service to make a better world.

The 9.12 Book: Penny Harvest Students Reflect & Make a Difference to Honor September 11 contains drawings, poems, and pledges of students from 206 schools who participated in the 2011-2012 Penny Harvest for the 9/11 Memorial, a year-long service-learning program to help students, many of whom were not even born at the time of the attacks, understand the significance of the day and its aftermath. 

Working closely with the New York City Department of Education and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, Common Cents equipped a record 2,200 schools with age-graded curriculum devoted to 9/11, along with Memorial Unity Pins, and a teacher guide to drive school-wide discussion and activities to “reflect, collect, and connect” to the spirit of service that characterized the days and weeks after September 11, 2001.

Each page represents a school – public, private, and parochial – that participated in the program; contributing hundreds of expressive artifacts created by its students during the school year.  Their poems and pledges, drawings and declarations are all inspired by the spirit of service and community that prevailed following the tragedy of September 11, 2001.
“This gorgeous book is a testament to the brilliant resilience of children,” said Common Cents Executive Director Teddy Gross.  “And far from being merely cute, it demonstrates that young people’s works of art and service make them indispensable to any serious community-building effort.”

Common Cents is an educational organization that fosters ethical citizenship and youth leadership through philanthropy and service-learning in schools nationwide. 

The Penny Harvest offers elementary and middle schools an escalating series of hands-on activities that connect classroom instruction to current issues affecting their neighborhoods. It is the largest youth philanthropy program in the US.

Contact:   Gracie Rifino
               Associate Director of Educational Programs
               (212) 579-0579
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