Penny drive nears $7K

Azle Optimist Club President Bill Foust presents a 3-foot-tall trophy to Cross Timbers Elementary Interim Principal Kim Bates (center) and school counselor Kristi Dowell during a recent award ceremony. Cross Timbers raised $668 through the Penny Drive – the most of any school per capita, thus earning bragging rights and the large trophy. Photo courtesy Edwin Newton
BY EDWIN NEWTON

Thanks to a generous contribution from an Azle teacher and her students – and a little school rivalry – several hundred children won’t go hungry this year.
The Azle Optimist Club, with the help of Azle students, raised almost $7,000 this year through its annual Penny Drive fundraiser.
During a two-week period in March, contribution “penny” jars are placed in every classroom at each Azle school.
Proceeds go to the area’s Community Caring Center food pantry and the district’s food backpack program, the latter of which sends food home with children on the weekends.


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