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Multicultural Club Sponsors Pennies for Peace Drive

Multicultural Club member, Eric Addison, and Brooke Elam, club president, collect pennies at lunch for the Pennies for Peace Campaign.

Sponsored by the Multicultural Club, the students at Porter Ridge High 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. Porter Ridge students are embarking on a Pennies for Peace campaign to broaden their cultural horizons and become members of a global family dedicated to peace.

How can a penny bring peace? It doesn’t buy much in Indian Trail. But in the villages of Pakistan and Afghanistan, it 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. 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.

Porter Ridge students will have an opportunity to study the cultures of Afghanistan and Pakistan, learn to work and share together in their Peace for Peace campaign, and come to understand their own capacity as philanthropists – one penny at a time.

Members of the Multicultural Club will be collecting money during lunches from March 11 through March 25th.

The pennies that Porter Ridge students collect can add up to make a real difference.
• 1 penny = a pencil
• 2-3 pennies = an eraser
• 15 pennies = one notebook
• $20 = one child’s school supplies for one year
• $50 = one treadle sewing machine and supplies
• $100 = maternal healthcare supplies for one year
• $300 = one advanced student’s annual scholarship
• $600 = one teacher’s annual salary
• $5,000 = support for existing school for one year
• $50,000 = one school building and support for up to five years

Jars for collecting Pennies for PeaceChildren in over 400 mountain villages in remote northern Pakistan and Afghanistan are on the waiting list, hoping to learn in a new school. Porter Ridge students hope to help build a bridge of peace, one penny at a time, offering alternatives to the cycle of terrorism and war.


About Pennies for Peace

The Pennies for Peace campaign is a program of Central Asia Institute (CAI), founded by Greg Mortenson, author of the #1 New York Times best seller, Three Cups of Tea. CAIis a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that promotes and provides community-based education and literacy programs, especially for girls, in remote mountain regions of Central Asia. Founded in 1996, CAIhas built, to date, nearly 100 schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan, which serve more than 28,000 students, 14,000 of whom are girls. Greg’s story and more information about CAIcan be found on the web at www.ikat.org.

Written by: Press Release; Edited by April Dawkins;
Photos by April Dawkins and Sam Ingold
Posted: Mar 14, 2011 by Ms. April Dawkins

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