A second-grade class from the Eight Corners School in Scarborough recently visited the Scarborough branch of Biddeford Savings to redeem thousands of coins they have been collecting, all to benefit Pennies for Peace, an organization that helps create educational opportunities for needy kids in other countries.

The class went to the bank with their teacher, Courtney Graffus, to count up spare change they had collected as a school for several months. The children used the bank’s coin machine to redeem $353.85, which they promptly donated to Pennies for Peace (www.penniesforpeace.org), a program sponsored by the Central Asia Institute. The organization “educates children about the world beyond their experience and shows them that they can make a positive

impact on a global scale, one penny at a time.”

“We absolutely loved having those little guys and gals come in,” said Laurie Mooney, Biddeford Savings’ branch manager. “They were very intent on making this donation, and happy to know that they were helping other students get an education. It was inspiring.”

As a reward for their hard work, the bank gave each student gift bags

containing apple juice, goldfish snack crackers and BSB pencil and sticky note pad. Each student also received a Biddeford Savings piggy bank for savings their pennies in the future.

Biddeford Savings is an independent, mutual savings bank. In addition to the Scarborough location, it has branches at, Route 202 in Waterboro, 417 Alfred Street in Biddeford, and its main office at 254 Main Street in Biddeford. It also has a Commercial Banking Center at 234 Main Street, Biddeford. The bank’s web address is: www.biddefordsavings.com.

An Eight Corners School second-grade class recently redeemed thousands of coins they have been collecting, all to benefit Pennies for Peace, an organization that helps create educational opportunities for needy kids in other countries.


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