Penny Parade, Thursday, January 26, 2012

Stan Shover - Penny Parade 2012
John Heasly entertains - Penny Parade 2012Penny Parade, Thursday, January 26, 2012

Thank you to all participating Galesburg area schools!!
And a special thanks to the contributions of Galesburg businesses: Hardees, McDonalds, Hy-Vee (N. Henderson St.) & Dick Blick Art Materials.

Penny Parade Proceeds:  $2,175.63

Photos of Penny Parade festivities by Tom Foley

John Heasly entertains at 2012 Carl Sandburg Site “Penny Parade
YouTube Video contributed by Karen Lynch

4th graders - Penny Parade 2012 

Abingdon School Leads “Penny Parade”

Abby Tinkham, Lukas Tinkham, Zach Redding and Karegan Martin (L-R)

Hedding Elementary School in Abingdon collected more pennies than any of the other seven Knox County schools that took part. The drive benefited the Carl Sandburg State Historic Site in Galesburg. The school raised over $635. The campaign raised a total of $1,901.

The annual drive takes it inspiration from a 1909 essay Sandburg wrote to honor the minting of the Lincoln penny. The essay was titled “Lincoln for Pennies.”

The students had just one week to collect the money. Fourth-grader Lukas Tinkham said, ”I just like, got the change out of my piggy bank.”

Lukas was one of four fourth-graders chosen to represent the school by taking the collection to the poet's birthplace. The others are Zach Redding, Karegan Martin and Abby Tinkham.

The fourth-grade classes led the parade by organizing the school's collection effort. Pam Foutch teaches one of those classes. She said the kids “really took the challenge.”

The winning room in the winning school belonged to her fourth-grade colleague, Susan Dehority. Her class raised $125 in pennies.

The man who was the first principal of Hedding School now serves on the board for the Carl Sandburg State Historic Site. He said the money is nice, but the “Penny Parade” will draw much-needed attention to the site.

Shover said the school would like to send students to the site for field trips this spring. He worries whether the site will even open due to state funding cuts.


[From “Letters to the Editor”, The Register-Mail (Galesburg, Illinois), Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, p. A5.]

 Honoring Sandburg Week of January 23

 Editor: Register-Mail:

 Once again I would like to remind Register-Mail readers that January is the month of Carl Sandburg’s birth, and is the time we will be honoring our favorite son, poet Carl Sandburg.  Even though it is “off-season” for state parks, the birthplace will be open Jan. 26 to be host to area students (and any other citizens) as Lincoln pennies are brought to the site on Third Street. 

Pennies are not only welcome from community children but also from adults and/or business of the surrounding area.  Why not visit the site that day and bring 999 cents for a membership in the association (that’s a penny reduction from the usual $10!)?  On second thought I’d be happy to give you a tour for ONE PENNY!  Membership also includes subscription to Inklings and Idlings (the newsletter of the Carl Sandburg Historic Site Association – editor, Mike Hobbs).  It is a wonderful source of information regarding Sandburg, history and the rural area we all love!  The isssues also keep subscribers informed of current music events held in the Barn the last Saturday of the month. 

 Many schools in Knox County and interested businesses will have Penny Parade containers for the celebration on Jan. 26.  The pennies area a source for aid in maintaining the birthplace home, the museum and the barn which is surrounded by a picturesque park and Remembrance Rock (the burial site).

 Please stop by 313 Third Street, our special historic site in Galesburg, on Jan. 26 (any time between 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.).  Our hardworking board and the site manager, Martha Downey, will welcome you. 

–Stan Shover, education chairman, Carl Sandburg Birthplace