Students Raise Funds

For Overseas Schools

Students in the kindergarten and first grade classes at Chilmark have raised $1,363 for Pennies for Peace.

Their interest began when their teachers told them the story of Greg Mortenson’s experience in a small remote village in Pakistan. Greg Mortenson observed the children scratching their lessons in the dirt because they could not afford the $1 a day salary for a teacher. He told them he would return and build them a school. Today he has built 58 schools for young girls and boys.

In response, the students each chose a topic related to the culture of Pakistan or Afghanistan to study and learn. They made posters and placed collection jars in one of the businesses in the community. Their efforts culminated in a Pennies for Peace festival presented to parents, grandparents, community members and other students at the school.