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Pennies for Peace

Pictured is Ella Hill, BETA Club President with the collection jars for the Pennies for Peace project.

Beta Club began the Pennies for Peace Project, an international service-learning program, the week of March 31. Beta Club sponsor Jennifer Brooks and Beta Club President Ella Hill are excited about this opportunity, which is allowing the club to honor its motto: “To lead by serving others.” Club members have decorated collection containers that will be placed in every classroom. Students and staff will be able to deposit their loose change and dollars in these containers over the next two weeks. All proceeds will go to building schools, empowering Pakistan and Afghanistan through education.  

Here in America, we see a penny as insignificant. But in an impoverished country, it buys a pencil and “opens the door to literacy.” This program was founded by Greg Mortenson, the co-author of the #1 New York Times best-seller, Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace…One School at a Time. “It educates students about the world beyond their experience and shows them that they can make a positive impact on a global scale, one penny at a time. Students learn the rewards of sharing and working together to bring hope and educational opportunities to broaden and enrich education where it existed in the developed world so that students have the opportunity to become more educated global citizens. Since those early days Pennies for Peace has grown into a program that encompass thousands of schools and tens-of-thousands of students around the world.”
Brooks stated, “This initiative is allowing our students to be philanthropists as we develop our leaders of tomorrow.”  Hill added, “I hope that this will become an annual school fundraiser and even a county wide event.” 

Written by: Ella Hill, BETA Club President
Posted: Apr 04, 2011 by Donna Helms

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