Dasht School, in Tajikistan, is a story of unwavering faith in the power of education, despite obstacles both societal and natural. The people of Dasht and surrounding villages held classes for their children in unfinished classrooms too small to hold the number of children who want to learn. In December of 2015, a devastating earthquake […]
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The concept of culture may be new, or difficult, for some students to understand. Although students may be aware that some of their friends practice a different religion, or have different family traditions, they may not be aware that those things make up a person’s culture—or of the importance of […]
“This stuff, this work, isn’t just for grown-ups. It’s for us to do.” – Grade Four Student
Earlier this year, I received an email from Liz Raja, a fourth grade teacher at Halton Hills Christian School (HHCS) in Ontario, Canada. Mrs. Raja informed me that her students intended to write a book based on one of the […]
Lent is a “season” of 40 days prior to the celebration of Easter. During Lent, many Christians temporarily “give up” things that they consider to be part of their daily lives – some people fast, others may abstain from watching television, while others say no to chocolate or candy. This year, my 10-year-old daughter decided […]
“What do kids in Pakistan feed their pets?”
The question, from a 4th grader at Westhaven Elementary School in Portsmouth, Virginia, stumped me. I was at Westhaven last month to congratulate the students for their fundraising efforts earlier in the year. Efforts that lead to scholarships to send 15 students in Pakistan, […]
“Pennies, Peace, Pies,” you could hear the students at John J. Lukancic Middle School cheering at their spring break assembly last month. Lukancic Middle School is located about 35 miles southwest of Chicago. The students are diverse, and come from multiple neighborhoods surrounding the school. “Our school and district supports students in learning, sharing, and celebrating our differences,” […]
This summer, five schools that have consistently demonstrated a commitment to peace and education will be awarded the Peace Leader Award.
Created by Pennies for Peace (P4P), CAI’s service-learning program, in honor of the organization’s 20th anniversary, the Peace Leader Awards are designed to recognize students and teachers around the U.S. who have made […]
Bozeman, Montana, CAI’s hometown, embraced a new chapter of our Pennies for Peace (P4P) program, launching initiatives around town. Events started on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (also recognized as the National Day of Service) and continued through the month of January. Along with fundraising efforts, including coin collections to go towards the promotion of […]
As the new school year starts and students head back to school, Pennies for Peace (P4P) is launching an exciting, newly-enhanced service learning program.
Service learning has become an essential part of the curriculum for many educators. Students participating in service projects learn valuable skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and leadership. They also gain […]