The pennies added up -- and up, and up -- for Andrew Niemi.
Now, the 10-year-old from Carleton has reached his goal of collecting 1 million pennies for his school.
Andrew last week presented a check for $10,000 to St. Patrick Catholic School, where he is a fourth-grader. He began gathering pennies on Dec. 26, 2006 and collected his last one on March 17, coincidentally, St. Patrick's Day.
His mother, Connie Niemi, tells The Monroe Evening News that the money will go toward equipment, including audiovisual hardware, two large classroom maps, Michigan curriculum materials for grades 3 and 4, religious materials, and a concrete bench for the peace garden.