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Pennies for Peace
Watch for more announcements regarding this year's Pennies for Peace in January!

Pennies for Peace is a service-learning program designed to broaden our students’ cultural horizons while teaching them about their capacities as philanthropists – one penny at a time.

The Pennies for Peace activities sponsored by the Library support the Central Asia Institute (CAI), founded by Greg Mortenson – author of the #1 New York Times best seller, Three Cups of Tea. CAI 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 – over 14,000 of whom are girls.

How can a penny bring peace? It doesn’t buy much in our community. However, in the villages of Pakistan and Afghanistan, a penny can buy a pencil, start an education, and transform a life. In a region where terrorist organizations easily recruit uneducated, illiterate children, that pencil can empower a child to read, write, and learn. The Pennies for Peace program goal is to encourage our students - our future leaders - to learn the value of positive giving by collecting pennies for global peace.

Our students join tens of thousands of students around the world who are participating in the Pennies for Peace program and who are working together to become members of a global family dedicated to peace.   

·        Pennies are collected in each classroom for one week each year in the late winter. 

·        In addition, we hold a Used Book Fair for all ages in the library.  Your donations of gently use books are re-cycled to other members of our community for a minimum payment (usually 10-25 cents for student books and 50 cents-1 dollar for adult books.).  Proceeds are added to our penny collection total and the books are spread to new readers throughout the school!

If you have any questions about our Pennies for Peace campaign, please feel free to contact our library media specialist, Mary Schroeder at   Our students are eagerly looking forward to this annual adventure!