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Perham fifth grade teacher Kelly Collette and her students plan to collect a million copper pennies by May 1, 2009. Counting the 24,000 they've collected so far, around the table from left, are Savanna Olson, Morgan Byer, Jesse Klatt, Kimberly Merkins and Ella Von Ruden.

Perham students visualize one million...in pennies

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Pennies from heaven -- and from mom, from dad, family, friends, neighbors; and from just about anybody, anywhere -- are being collected by Perham fifth grade students.

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Goal: One million copper pennies.

The "penny project" in Kelly Collette's fifth grade is a class lesson in working with "big numbers," like millions, billions and trillions.

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