Americana: Magic Number

In these inflationary times, $1 million may be worth only half as much as ten years ago, but it is still a nice round, magic number. To find out just how big it is, the 31 pupils in Catherine Swiger's fifth-grade class in South Portland, Me., are collecting bottle caps. Since October, the children have accumulated nearly 140,000 and rather optimistically expect to reach their goal of 1 million by June 1980, when they will cash in their hoard with a scrap dealer and throw a class party.

Students in Sykesville, Pa., meanwhile, have gathered 350,000 pop tops from beer and soda...

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