Despite the failure of the proposed consolidation of Abingdon, Avon and the Bushnell-Prairie City school districts, consolidation in some form is still on the table.
The “Just Vote No” committee in the B-PC district was the most vocal group opposed to the measure. They opposed including Abingdon because of the length of bus rides for students who would have gone to junior high school there. Many members support a consolidation with Avon.
Voters have not had a chance to decide on that option.
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.”