Ohio volunteers' penny chain fails to break record

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Organizers say Ohio volunteers aiming to lay out a chain of pennies at least 60 miles long fell short of their goal and a world record but helped raise awareness about students' work in fundraising for nonprofit groups.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/Lg5e3I ) reports nearly 1,500 volunteers from 47 schools showed up at a park Sunday to help lay out rows of millions of pennies that totaled 40 miles after eight hours. It fell short of the record 46.75 miles set in a project in Austria last year.

The Columbus effort was supervised by Bill Grindle of See Kids Dream, an organization that teaches students about philanthropy. Grindle says the pennies represented money raised by the students. They've collected $67,000 in the past year for 59 nonprofits in central Ohio.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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