Middle school students share vision of peace

Photo Source: TISD
Photo Source: TISD

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Released by the Tyler ISD:

TYLER, TX - The sixth grade students in the Middle Years Programme International Baccalaureate Pilot at Hubbard Middle School have joined hands with tens of thousands of other school children around the world who share the vision and dedication to empower communities through education in remote areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan. The students have embarked on Pennies for Peace campaign to broaden their cultural horizons and become members of a global family dedicated to peace.

The students recently presented a check for more than $3,000 to Greg Mortenson, author of the #1 New York Times best seller, Three Cups of Tea. Mortenson's book was the inspiration for the Pennies for Peace campaign in which all of the funds were collected by students.

"The students studied the cultures of Afghanistan and Pakistan, learned to work and share together in their Pennies for Peace campaign, and come to understand their own capacity as philanthropists – one penny at a time," said Cindy Nick, social studies teacher at Hubbard Middle School.

How can a penny bring peace? It doesn't buy much, but in the villages of Pakistan and Afghanistan, it can buy a pencil, start an education, and transform a life. That pencil can empower a child to read, write, and learn. The Pennies for Peace program goal is to encourage children, who are ultimately our future leaders, to learn the value of philanthropy by collecting pennies for global peace.

The Pennies for Peace campaign is a program of Central Asia Institute (CAI), founded by Greg Mortenson.  CAI is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization that promotes and provides community-based education and literacy programs, especially for girls, in remote mountain regions of Central Asia. Founded in 1996, CAI has built, to date, nearly 100 schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan, which serve more than 28,000 students, 14,000 of whom are girls.