Saturday, February 6, 2010

Expanding Global Awareness

To expand their own awareness about the plight of child soldiers, this month during independent reading our junior advisories have chosen to read A Long Way Gone, Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Baeh. Ishmael's memoir is an account of his life as a child soldier in Africa. Join them in learning more about this pressing issue and in what you can do to help rescue child soldiers. As they read this stunning first hand account, they will be designing a service learning project to help rescue child soldiers and to educate our school and local communities by creating awareness about this growing problem.

The Kaplan Advisory is reading Three Cups of Tea and, through tea sales and penny collections, participating in the Pennies for Peace Project. Pennies for Peace is an international service-learning program with tens of thousands of participants around the globe. Pennies for Peace empowers communities through education in Pakistan and Afghanistan by helping to build schools in those countries! Did you know that while a penny is virtually worthless in the United States, in impoverished countries a penny buys a pencil and opens the door to literacy?

Join the Kaplan Advisory in reading The #1 New York Times Bestseller Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace, One School At A Time, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin. Read about the remarkable journey that led Greg Mortenson, Central Asia Institute co-founder, from a failed attempt to climb Pakistan’s K2 to successfully establish dozens of schools, and promote girls’ education in rural Afghanistan and Pakistan. Visit for more information.

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