Students in the Meridian Public Schools District have been busy the last few days, raiding mom's purse, checking dad's pockets, looking inside the couch, and anywhere else for pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters to help The United Way of East Mississippi.
Friday the school district asked those students to bring the change to class and help make a change for United Way.
"People look at change and sometimes when you go in the store people will say they don't want pennies but pennies add up," said ninth grader Devon Pruitt. "All money adds up and every little penny can count toward The United Way's goal and by doing spare change, we're sending a message that it doesn't have to be big bucks. The smallest amount helps."
The change collected by Meridian school will go toward The United Way's 2008 campaign, which helps seventeen organizations in the area such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, the American Red Cross, Meals on Wheels, and many others.
"It takes all of us participating and we just thought this would be a great way to get the children involved in the community and let them how they can give back," said Janie Brown of The United Way. "Kids don't realize they can make a a difference. So this a great way to help them realize I can make a difference and it doesn't take a lot to do that.
Students at Kate Griffin also took the time to decorate the collection buckets that were distributed to all the Meridian area schools.
The United Way is going for the gold this year to raise $900,000 with help from kids and a little pocket change.