Arizona’s Kids Collect Coins for a Cause
By Arizona Farm Bureau Ag Education Director Katie Aikins: For three months, 24 schools across the state collected coins as part of the From Farm to Football Harvest for All Coin Drive. Classrooms collected their coins for a cause: to help feed the hungry in their community. As a result of the funds raised, four of Arizona’s Community Food Banks received checks to continue their mission of fighting hunger.
- St Mary’s Food Bank: $2,397.13
- United Food Bank: $446.37
- Yuma Community Food Bank: $232.96
- Gila Valley Community Food Bank: $1583.89
In total, $4,660.35 was raised by Arizona students through the From Farm to Football Harvest For All Coin Drive. Sharman Hickman of Hickman’s Family Farms “believes the most valuable players of our future are the youth in our communities.” Hickman is looking forward to next year’s program “where the game plan is to have every Arizona
A special thank you to MidFirst Bank for the use of their coin-counting van and their $500 donation to the program. Here the kindergartners at Trinity Lutheran Elementary in Litchfield Park wait in line to count their pennies while Hickman's Family Farms' Funky attempts to keep them entertained.
As part of the From Farm to Football Program, classes were also competing for the chance to win an Arizona Cardinals Day at their school. The class that collected the largest dollar amount through the coin drive received a 1.5-hour event that included the Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders, Big Red, Arizona Cardinals Running Back David Johnson, Hickman’s Family Farms and Arizona Farm Bureau’s Ag in the Classroom Program.
The big winners of this prize were the kindergartners at Trinity Lutheran Elementary in Litchfield Park who raised $565.01 for their local food bank. “I try to teach my students the importance of helping others and let my students know that every penny counts when it is given with love to help those in need,” said Kindergarten Teacher Ms. Haddad. “This program was the perfect opportunity for them to see that.”
As the contest wrapped up, Arizona Farm Bureau's Ag in the Classroom program was awash in coins from students all over Arizona. The $4,660.35 raised went to four different food banks to feed the hungry.
Another lucky winner was the Kindergarten Team at Eduprize Elementary in Gilbert who not only raised $230.25 for their local food bank, but $218.72 was only pennies. This was the largest amount of pennies collected through the program. Because of this, the Kindergarten Team at Eduprize Elementary in Gilbert is receiving a special Hickman’s Breakfast Event. Both school events will take place sometime in February.
Thank You To all the From Farm to Football Harvest for All Coin Drive Participants
Buckeye Elementary Buckeye 5th Grade $12.36
Challenger Basic School Gilbert Kinder $84.08
Cochise Elementary Scottsdale 5th Grade $15.74
Copper King Elementary Phoenix 6th Grade $3.64
Copper Ridge Elementary Scottsdale 4th Grade $113.63
Desert Cove Elementary Phoenix 5th Grade $41.58
Desert Mirage Elementary Glendale 5th Grade $126.51
Eduprize Gilbert Kinder $230.25
Jack Barnes Elementary Queen Creek 4th Grade $47.03
James B Rolle Elementary Yuma 5th Grade $49.10
Jasinski Elementary Buckeye 2nd Grade $21.83
La Tierra Community School Prescott 3rd Grade $
LePera Elementary Parker 2nd Grade $19.94
LePera Elementary Parker 3rd Grade $44.34
Odyssey Prep Academy Buckeye 1st Grade $77.24
Palmcroft Elementary Yuma 2nd Grade $13.30
Palo Verde Elementary Palo Verde 1st grade $27.11
Palo Verde Elementary Palo Verde 3rd Grade $69.93
Palo Verde Elementary Palo Verde 4th Grade $25.75
Pendergast Elementary Glendale 3rd Grade $125.16
Ronald Reagan Fundamental Yuma 2nd Grade $106.28
San Tan Heights K-8 San Tan Valley 6th Grade $11.81
Shumway Leadership Academy Chandler 1st Grade $23.41
Summit Academy Chandler 3rd Grade $49.79
Sunridge Elementary Phoenix 3rd Grade $4.63
Sunridge Elementary Phoenix 5th Grade $18.52
Sunset Canyon Elementary Phoenix 3rd Grade $66.96
Trinity Lutheran Litchfield Park Kinder $565.01
Left to Right: Avondale Mayor Ken Weise, Sharman Hickman of Hickman's Family Farm and Arizona Farm Bureau's Katie Aikins (red shirt) present checks to Agua Fria Community Food Bank Leanne Leonard and St Mary's Food Bank Tim Olorunfemi.
The From Farm to Football Program is a state-wide education program from Hickman’s Family Farms in partnership with the Arizona Cardinals and is administered by Arizona Farm Bureau’s Ag in the Classroom Program. With monthly video messages from David Johnson and pen pal letters from Arizona farmers and ranchers, Arizona students were able to learn about the importance of agriculture on and off the football field. In the first year for the program, 570 classes participated with nearly 17,700 students.
For more information about the program and Arizona Farm Bureau’s Ag in the Classroom visit us on the web at www.azfb.org.