Pennies to DimesRudy’s Happy Patch Market welcomed Phyllis Smith, CPS, back as buyer and manager when the market opened on March 2. As part of the spring opening, she led peers and staff in undertaking a cleanup. Discarded bags, litter, and unused items were removed from every nook and cranny, including drawers, cabinets, and storage counters.

During the market cleanup, numerous lost pennies were collected. Phyllis recounts how the penny collecting became a teachable moment.

“This is an example of peers learning the value of money,” she explains. “I tell that that 10 pennies make one dime, and 10 dimes equal one dollar. I try to make their penny recovery a learning experience for us all.”

Staff and peers are enthusiastic about the spring season at Rudy’s Happy Patch Market. “I am so excited to be back at the market and managing the daily business,” Phyllis exclaims. The market is offering such items as sweet potatoes, tomatoes, and variety of ferns, geraniums, Gerbera daisies, and more.

In the photo above, Phyllis Smith, right, is assisted by Javin Baker, left, Malcolm Johnson, and Jeri Burton as they count $1.40 in discarded pennies at Rudy’s Happy Patch Market.

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