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University of Cincinnati students seek 1 billion pennies

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Students at the University of Cincinnati plan to collect 1 billion pennies to help the school's $1 billion capital campaign.

The program is called "Proudly Pennies."

The university's student government on Tuesday began a campus-wide effort that will continue through the end of the school's fundraising campaign in 2013. The university says a billion pennies is worth $10 million and would stretch 11,837 miles if laid flat.

"We hope proudly pennies gets students and alumni thinking about proudly Cincinnati and motivates the UC family to get involved in the campaign," says UC Student Body President Tim Lolli.

The university says it already has raised $638 million toward its $1 billion campaign goal.

UC President Greg Williams got the student part of the campaign rolling Tuesday by pouring a coffee mug full of pennies into a collection jar. UC trustees also contributed a huge jar with thousands of pennies.

UC's goal is to be the finest urban research university in the country.

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