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Pennies for Peace
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 8:50 AM

Students in Kitty Widdes’ uppers literature circle class read Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson. We learned about a program called “Pennies for Peace” which is a service -learning program designed to broaden our cultural horizons and teach us about becoming philanthropists – one penny at a time. The money goes to the CAI, Central Asia Institute, a nonprofit organization that promotes and provides education and literacy programs, especially for girls, in remote mountain regions of central Asia. The CAI has built nearly 100 schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan, which serve more than 28,000 students – over 14,000 of whom are girls. Our “Pennies for Peace” campaign will run from March 12 to May 5, 2010. Containers will be placed in each classroom and we hope that every student, every day, will bring in as many pennies as they can.

How can a penny bring peace? It doesn’t buy much in our community, but in Pakistan and Afghanistan, a penny can buy a pencil, start an education, and transform a life. In a region where terrorist organizations recruit uneducated, illiterate children, that pencil can empower a child to read, write and learn. Barton students will join tens of thousands of students around the world who are participating in the “Pennies for Peace” program and who are working together to become members of a global family dedicated to peace.

If you have any questions about our “Pennies for Peace” campaign, please feel free to contact Kitty Widdes and her “Uppers Lit Circle” students Cedric, Mohamed H., Mohamed R., Najma, Rachel, Tina and Warsame.