An after school club in Wake County, NC for developing character and leadership skills through community service projects.

Penny Road Elementary

  Welcome to the Penny Road Elementary club site.

  Chapter Leader:  Susan Riley Poteat

 We are excited about starting another year at Penny Road Elementary! 
Schedule of Events
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 March 2015 Our March Service Project will be a Police Department Thank you Service Project on (March 16).  Please send in baked goods in freezer bags and labeled so we can give our Cary Police Department lots of treats to fill up their freezer (i.e. brownies, sugar cookies, zuchinni bread etc.)  

Two Officers will come to PRE to receive our gifts of thanks for their service and our Service Project leaders will be given a chance to stand up to thank them in person.  One Service Project Leader will be selected to present a Thank you Plaque to Officer Seth. 
The Officers will be bringing with them K-9 German Shepard Chase (from Holland) to demonstrate his amazing abilities on PRE fields plus give the kids an overview of all the things our Police Officers do for us!  
 February 2015 We are focusing on COMMUNITY and our Project is for the Women and Children's Center at the Salvation Army.

Ives Malready with the Salvation Army will come out to talk to the kids about the mission of the Salvation Army and a little bit about the women and Children's Center.

Our Service Project Leaders will:
  1. Make Homemade Poppyseed/Sweet Almond or Lemon soaps to send to the Moms at the Shelter
  2. Make Homemade Laminated Game Sheets with tic tac toe etc. to send to the kids at the Shelter to play with
  3. If time, some other fun projects
For this project can you kindly send in the following if you have any to spare (please drop off at front office labeled CUC):
  1. Board Games
  2. Kids or Ladies Coats or any winter item
We will collect these and deliver to the Women and Children Center with their homemade goods as well!

 January 2015 Our service project focuses on SCHOOL and our teachers. 

Our Service Project Leaders will put together Happy New Year Surprise for their teachers that will include chocolate covered pretzels that they will make, cookies they will decorate,candies, and a thoughtfully written thank you and Happy New Year note. They will package it all up to take to their teachers the next day as a surprise!  

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 December 2014
Our December CUC Senior Holiday Project is coming up on Monday, Dec 15th 3:45-5:30 pm.
Kids will have snacks in Room 118 and please note that instead of having this in the cafeteria afterwards,
we will all walk over (via the pathway by the soccer field) to Jordan Oaks Senior Home next door.  It will make it easier on the seniors.
Please note that pick up will be at Jordan Oaks at 5:30 pm (not Penny Road Elementary!)
Here are the details of our Senior Service Project: 

1. Seniors will play cards with kids - Go Fish, Old Maid etc  
2. Pin the Nose on the Snowman (winner gets to keep sets of holiday cards)
3. Make a Polar Bear Friends Puzzles
4. Make candy mouse cane crafts (where you decorate mouse and pull candy cane through).

Cookies/drinks will be served.
After stations,  kids will sing holiday songs for the seniors for about 20-30 minutes led by Music Teacher Mrs. Koch.
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 November 2014 November 2014 CUC/USO Project is to honor our military servicemen and women. 

Here is some information on the USO of NC and we are very excited to support them. 

USO of North Carolina: “Connecting and Comforting Our Troops and Families Every Step of the Way.” The USO of North Carolina leads the way to enrich the lives of America’s military in the Carolinas.  Its mission is to lift the spirits of America’s troops and their families.  Since 1941, the USO of NC has provided vital health and human services to U.S. military personnel and their families serving over 700,000 across North Carolina.  The USO of NC is a nonprofit, charitable organization, relying on the generosity of North Carolinians to support its programs and services. 

Patricia DeZetter, Director of the USO of NC will share the USO mission with our Service Project Leaders so they can learn how the USO supports our troops.  The kids will then put together rack pack bags for troop members.  Below is Patricia's contact info and info on the Rack Pack program. (Note: they have asked NOT to use shoe boxes so no need to send in; instead they asked for bags and we will have bags that our Service Project leaders can decorate with thank you notes before we fill them up.) 

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 October 2014
Partnering with Project Linus - No Sew Blankets for Children 

Our Service Project Leaders will make no sew fleece blankets with the help of Deanna Winick of Project Linus for
children that are ill or traumatized.   Please visit, for more info on Project Linus.

We need parent volunteers to assist with this project! 

Questions on Project Linus, please call Deanna Winick at 919-345-3576 or her email is:
Thank you Deanna! 

The Project Linus Chapter in Raleigh, NC was started in 1996 by Susie Holmes. Over 28,000 blankets have been delivered to many local groups and agencies that help seriously ill or traumatized children who need a HUG from a blanket including: Wake Med Hospitals, Rex Hospital, Duke Hospital, Interact (for children of abused women receiving support), Hospice (for their Reflections program for grieving children and teens), Make a Wish Foundation, The Women's Center, Open Door Clinic, Children's Flight of Hope, and The Raleigh Rescue Mission.

 September 2014 Health & Wellness Family Service Project

What’s Up with Wellness?!

Did you know that overall wellness includes more than just being in good physical shape? Students involved in this project will be able to help their family create a plan that develops a healthful balance on the path to overall wellness. Students will learn about the different dimensions (emotional/mental, intellectual, social, and physical) and ways to help their families incorporate small changes that can make a big impact. Students will be challenged to share knowledge with their families in building a wellness plan that works.

This Service Project will be led by Dr. Little from Meredith College (info below).

Thank you Dr. Little for sharing your expertise with our Service Project Leaders and families!  

Stephanie Little, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Nutrition, Health and Human Performance
Meredith College
3800 Hillsborough St.
Raleigh, NC 27607


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 May 2014 CUC is partnering with The Caring Community Foundation for our 2nd Annual Heart Project!

The Caring Community Kids Giving Heart Project helps kids help other kids.  
  • Kids draw/design art squares on fabric (we will have enough for 4-6 quilts) between our two CUC groups
  • Fabric art squares are made into quilts by volunteer quilters
  • Quilts are given to kids suffering with cancer
The quilt provides comfort and compassion to the children. Through these actions The Caring Community Foundation provides support and giving heart to these children and their families during a difficult time.  For more information on their program or to volunteer, please contact:

 April 2014
Environmental Service Project: Become a Junior Meteorologist!

Through science experiments and real weather monitoring, learn the when, where, and why of weather and climate.

Marc Mahan from Yates Mill County Park will set up at the school, and teach our CUC Service Project Leaders  how to use a max/min analog thermometer and a rain gauge. Here's a picture of the rain gauge:
By collecting and analyzing the data, our PRE students will be able to monitor real-time changes in the weather and be a part of an ongoing citizen science project called CoCoRaHS (Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow network). They'll be able to record their precipitation measurements on the CoCoRaHS website, More information can be found here:

Ms. Maura Stewart's 3rd Grade Science Class will take ownership of collecting the data and recording the measurements on the CoCoRaHS Website. Thank you Ms. Stewart! 

Marc will lead fun science projects with our CUC Service Project Leaders prior to the kids setting up the weather station in our butterfly garden area we planted in 2012. 

Marc Mahan is a recent graduate of North Carolina State University and is currently working at Historic Yates Mill County Park where he is an enthusiastic and engaging environmental educator.

 March 2014 Teamworks Dog Therapy Training Service Project with Kai, a Service & Therapy Dog!

"Kai" is a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

A big thank you to Christie Canfield (, Therapy Dog Instructor at Teamworks Dog Training in Raleigh NC, and her Service & Therapy Dog Kai, for coming out to share with us:
  • The importance of proper dog training for therapy dogs (& pets) 
  • Profile of dog best suited for therapy
  • How service and therapy dogs help people of all ages (physical therapy, other types of therapy) 
  • Review how proper training can help your pet live a happier life
  • Demonstrate some of Kai's great abilities and examples of basic training techniques
Kai makes a big difference in the world with his role as a Service and Therapy Dog and Christie will share with our Service Project Leaders details on what he does every day.

Our service Project Leaders will put together dog treat bags that Christie will take to Saving Grace Rescue ( and we will have a surprise gift for Kai for coming out to share his time with us.  

Thank you Christie for taking the time out  of your day to join us!

More info on Teamworks Dog Training:

Teamworks Dog Training, llc
Raleigh: 8411Garvey Drive, Raleigh, NC 27616 office: (919) 855-0422
(Suites 125 & 129) Admin Hours: Mon-Thurs 3-6pm
Youngsville:195 Robbins Rd, Youngsville, NC 27596 email:

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 February 2014 Pay it Forward Service Project

We will discuss the concept of 'paying it forward' and apply it through the creation of TriKindness Notebooks.  
The kids will list in the booklet something nice that they did for their teacher and leave the booklet on their desk! 
They do not sign their names (all is anonymous.)  Then the teacher will do the same to someone else and all our booklets will go around Penny Road spreading kindness!

We will also have a Compliment Station (kids will find something nice to say about their 
classmates (written on a passaround whiteboard) to share with them. We will do this to get them in the right mindset for making the TriKindness Notebooks.  They will brainstorm as a group on ideas to do for TriKindess booklets and will decorate "SMILE ROCKS" and/or VALENTINES rocks to give to someone unexpectedly in their family (or a friend.) for
Valentines or any occassion! The decorated rocks are meant to be left as a surprise! 

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 January 2014 Allergy Awareness Service Project

Inspired by Mary Kathryn Vickery, CUC member, we are very excited to welcome Dr. Shah from UNC Hospitals.  She will speak to our Service Project Leaders about allergies, research, how to protect your friends with allergies by being sensitive to what you expose them to and more.  Thank you Dr. Shah for taking time from your busy schedule to speak to our CUC leaders! Special thanks also to Mary Kathryn's Mom, Elizabeth Vickery, for all her hard work preparing and planning for this Service Project ! Here is a bio of Dr. Shah for your info: 
Shaili Shah is currently completing her training in the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Allergy and Immunology fellowship program.  She grew up in Holmdel, NJ and then went on to New York University to complete her undergraduate education in Psychology and Chemistry.  After graduating from NYU, she began medical school at New York Medical College where she was involved in research regarding food allergies in New York State.  After medical school, she came to Chapel Hill to complete an internship and residency training program in the Department of Internal Medicine at UNC.  During her time as a resident physician, she spent time seeing patients in both adult and pediatric Allergy/Immunology clinics and eventually stayed at UNC to complete her fellowship training in the field of Allergy and Immunology.  Her interests include seeing both children and adults with food allergies, seasonal allergies, asthma, and other allergic diseases as well as medical education and community outreach.

This website gives information/phone number to call and schedule an appt and also some info about our division in Pediatrics

This link gives basic listing of the providers in our pediatric clinics

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 December 2013 Family Service Project with NC Childrens’ Author, Julia Ebel!

Julia Ebel will bring to life her book, Mama’s Wreaths for our Service Project Leaders.   The story focuses on Joanie and their beautiful family tradition of wreath making in the NC mountains and the memories entwined with fragrant evergreen. The story reminds us of the importance of passing on the knowledge, traditions and stories we value from generation to generation. Mama’s Wreaths is a heartwarming story to be read and shared at the holidays.

Our Service Project leaders will discuss starting family traditions, traditions they already share and will learn to make a fresh mini wreath to take home to their family (possibly the start of a new tradition!)

(Instructions on how to make a fresh wreath are in the back of Mama’s Wreaths book)

Julia will have autographed books available for sale at a discounted rate for CUC members if interested! $10.00 ea

More information about Julia Ebel can be found on her website at

 Happy Holidays!

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 November 2013
Meals on Wheels Service Project

Our CUC Service Project leaders will focus on supporting Meals on Wheels of Wake County for our November Service Project.  MOW wants to end senior hunger in our community by serving the elderly, homebound, and people with disabilities.  They serve 1,300 noontime meals every weekday.  Their website is if you would like more information.

Our CUC leaders will learn about MOW and its mission and how it helps people in our community.  We will hold a small food drive (bring canned goods/toiletries to our November meeting) and will decorate and laminate place mats that MOW volunteers will deliver with their meals.  The place mats will have tic-tac-toe and other games to play and also have uplifting pictures and decoration that will cheer up the table or those receiving meals.  We will also include utensils wrapped with napkins so they will have everything they need to enjoy the meal!  

 October 2013 Environmental Service Project: 
Build Bug Houses with Home Depot - Beneficial Bugs?

Our CUC clubs will build wooden Bug Houses (portable) with Home Depot Staff and decorate them. They will be working with hammers/screwdrivers.  Our Service Project Leaders will learn about types of bugs in our yards. The focus will be on beneficial insects and other friendly critters we may encounter in our yard.  The Bug House is for them to keep and to find/learn about beneficial bugs and how they can help our gardens.  Thank you to Jonathan Pritchard and Paula (in Garden) from Home Depot in Cary for sponsoring this service project! 
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 September 2013
 COPING BAGS for Children at Duke Children's Hospital & Health Center 

Our CUC clubs will decorate and put together tie-dye Coping Bags (approx. 50) for children at Duke Children's Hospital & Health Center. Our Service Project Leaders (our CUC kids) will fill each bag with many art supply items to cheer the children up and will include an uplifting note with a joke or happy thought.  An amazing local Apex artist, Laura Kelly,, will lead the kids in the art design of the bags. Thank you Laura for coming out to help with this project and all the donated art supplies! We greatly appreciate it.
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 May 2013
Jump-a-thon for Erik's Kidney Transplant!

Our Service Project leaders raised over $4300 for Erik on May 13! They prepared all spring, practiced jumping to get fit, and worked on fundraising.  The Super Skippers 2012 National Jump Rope team, led by Coach Gary Anderson came and gave an amazing performance to kick off our jump-a-thon! Thank you Gary! Here is more info on their team:  

 April 2013
Care for our Earth service projects:

Wading for Water Sticks - Monday CUC Service Project Leaders
Learn about these amazing aquatice insects and participate in citizen science effort to count them!.  We will discuss what makes citizen science imporant and what water sticks can tell us about water quality.  We will take water quality measurements of our own and then search for and count aquatic 'critters' in the Penny Road Elementary pond.  Please dress for a mess!

Caring for our Earth - Tuesday CUC Service Project Leaders
You know the three R's; Reduce, Reuse, and Reccle, but what about the fourth, fifth and sixth R's?  Play games to learn ways we can all care for our planet Earth.  Meet some worms that eat garbage!

 Earth Service
March 2013
CUC partnered with The Caring Community Foundation for our 1st Annual Heart Project!

The Caring Community Kids Giving Heart Project helps kids help other kids.  

  • Kids draw/design art squares on fabric (we will have enough for 4-6 quilts) between our two CUC groups
  • Fabric art squares are made into quilts by volunteer quilters
  • Quilts are given to kids suffering with cancer

The quilt provides comfort and compassion to the children. Through these actions The Caring Community Foundation provides support and giving heart to these children and their families during a difficult time.  For more information on their program or to volunteer, please contact:

 Giving Heart Project
February 2013  
Suzy's Yummies Organic Dog Biscuit Company

Our Service Project leaders learned how to start a business and how some profits are applied to benefit the SPCA of Raleigh. 

What is your idea? Make it a reality! 
Questions re: Suzy's Yummies? Email Minnie Gupta at

 Dog Biscuit Project
January 2013  
Physical Fitness Jump Rope Service Project (in preparation for May Jump-a-thon!)

Our Service Project leaders learned about the benefits of jump roping from the National Champions 2012 Jump Rope Team, The Super Skippers coached by Gary Anderson in Cary,

His team taught single and duo jump roping skills to our kids so they can practice and get fit for our May Jump-a-thon for Erik's kidney transplant. Thank you Gary and team!  Erik is a custodian at Penny Road Elementary.  The kids all voted on whom they wanted to jump for.  

 Fitness Project
December 2012
Senior Service Project

Our Service Project leaders made crafts with seniors at Jordan Oaks Senior Home and sang Holiday songs for them led by Mrs. Koch, PRE Music Teacher.  The seniors had a great time and the kids did a fantastic job! 

 Senior Service Project
November 2012
Firefighter Thank you Service Project

Our Service Project leaders made dinner, baked cookies, presented thank you cards and a gratitude plaques to two fire stations (Cary Fire/Rescue Fire station #6 and Apex Fire station #1) to thank them for their service and sacrifice to our families and our community.  

 Firefighter Project
October 2012
Neighbor Service Project: Woodshop Birdhouse

Home Depot staff from Cary, NC guided our Service Project Leaders in a Birdhouse Woodshop! Our SPL's built a birdhouse (pre-cut)  & painted it. They gave it to a neighbor of their choice to thank them for being a good neighbor. Kids learned do-it-yourself hands on woodworking skills, about tool safety from Home Depot staff and also the satisfaction of a job well done.

Many thanks to Home Depot staff Johathan Pritchett, Herb Burke, David Casera, Art Clark, and Chris Ferguson.
 Birdhouse Project
 September 2012  
Butterfly Garden 

Rosemary O'Day, with Crowder District Park, started by giving our Monday Service Project Leaders (our CUC members) an overview of a butterfly lifecycle, their importance in our environment, fun facts, and discussed plants that attract them.  Then we got to work Planting!

Linda Rudd, from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciencs, gave the butterfly overview to our Tuesday club members.  Thank you both for sharing your knowledge.

Rita Mercer, from the Native Plant Society, graciously donated many of hte plants we needed for this project and also offered her consultative services on types of plants and placement in the garden.  Please visit her website to learn more about Rita and her amazing garden in Apex at  Thank you Rita!

A big thanks also to Ann & John Sykes & Jo Sharpel for helping to determine the best location for our Penny Road Butterfly Garden.  Ann, many thanks for all the additional information you provided us on the school grounds and activities.  We appreciate all that you did to make this garden possible!  A special that to my FIL, Barry for lending us his till and my amazing husband, Michael, for working in the heat to till and prepare the ground for planting.

 Butterfly Garden
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