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SUPPLY EMiMENTARY students Jeremy Horn (left, on floor) and Jon llill "mass" pennies to give
some to Tosha W illers (left foreground) to count.
Supply Students' Penny Collecting
Will Soon Pay Playground Dividend
BY SYBIL MITCHELL SIMMONS
For The Brunswick Beacon
Pennies. To be exact. 476.613 of them.
Or. it you are a Supply F.lementary School student,
that equals a lot of counting lessons, problem solving ac
tivities and "real" math in general.
Better still, in a few more weeks it will equal a much
better well-equipped playground.
Students, parents and the community in general have
worked to collect pennies since fall, with the goal of ac
cumulating a million pennies, or SIO.(MK). Members ot
third grade teacher Shelha Thornton's Sunday School
class at Sabbath Home Baptist Church sent a batch ot
37.609 pennies, which the students sorted in various
"We trieil 'massing' using a balance," said Thornton.
Massing refers to distributing equal amounts by weight.
"But some people had more pennies than others. We
concluded that massing didn't make equal amounts.
Some of the |>eiiiiics seem to have been used more. They
must have had more wear on them than others. That
meant that the same amount by mass could have been
more or less in dollars and cents."
The problem of distribution was solved: Thornton
and Gloria Foss. her teaching assistant, ended up passing
the pennies out by the glassful.
Students throughout the school have calculated
graphs based on the pennies they counted, worked to un
derstand place value (Thornton's class, for example had
$376.09). and enjoyed the hands-on lessons that evolved
from the experience.
According to Marty Mentzer. physical education
teacher and playground committee chairperson, the first
playground equipment order was processed on D?*c 17.
Orders are expected to begin arriving around Feb. 1.
When completed, the school playground will have
three play areas for students according to their grade
Swings, horizontal hand-over-hand ladders, a physi
cal fitness center, tether ball sets, slides and other play
equipment will be available to students as a result of their
penny-gathering that began at the siart of iiie fail term.
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ElecMech Manufacturing Inc. held
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delivery of its largest order to date.
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