Wash. state students use pennies to show US debt

By STAFF | May 24, 2011 | 10:14 AM EDT

SNOHOMISH, Wash. (AP) - Students in a marketing class at Snohomish High School in Washington state illustrated the national debt for their classmates with an eye-opening display in the cafeteria using pennies.

With each cent representing $1 billion, itt took 14,352 pennies to represent the national debt.

The national budget was illustrated with 3,834 pennies.

The population of the world -- each penny representing a billion people -- was seven pennies.

Teacher Ben Doucette told The Daily Herald of Everett that Monday's demonstration was not political but a timely topic.