December 5, 2008

Pennies for Peace

Are you looking for a good way to teach your kids the value of a penny to some people of the world ? Most of us think a penny is useless or has no value. We would hesitate to even pick one up..... About a year ago, I read a book called Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson His story is an amazing one of a man making a promise to build a school in a remote village in Pakistan (he had gotten lost and sick mountain climbing) and keeping that promise. He promotes peace with books and education. He believes when you give the children of a country a hope and a future that it will change the world as they know it.

He has a program called Pennies for Peace to help build the schools (he has built 78 since 1996 and it was rough going in the beginning...) He used pennies to show what we consider worth nothing can do in a Third World and because anyone can donate some pennies and be a part.

It has helped my children to see the value of a penny and to know that school is a privilege in certain places that children will walk hours to get to. At his website there is a whole lesson for children. When we see a penny in a parking lot, we make sure to pick it up now for our Pennies for Peace Jar.

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