While $539.80 won?t build an entire school, it will help make education a reality for girls in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Thanks to the Pennies for Peace program, (www.penniesforpeace.org) and the young students at West Asheville Cooperative Playschool girls who would not otherwise have the chance to get a formal education now will. After reading Greg Mortenson?s book, Three Cups of Tea, Louise Miracle, the teacher and director of WACP, decided that as part of their lessons in learning about different parts of the world, her students should learn about giving to other children as well. After one of the parents transformed a large globe into a beach ball sized piggy bank, the challenge began: Fill the globe with pennies. The 15 children that attend the preschool earned pennies at home by doing chores, got donations of pennies from relatives and friends and some even went the extra mile by putting jars out at local stores and soliciting neighbors. After 5 months, the globe was full of 53,980 pennies. The children of WACP not only learned about the culture of another country half way around the world but helped to improve the lives of children there and started to understand how lucky they really are.
Visit http://westashevilleplayschool.com for more information about the West Asheville Cooperative Playschool or e-mail Louise Miracle at firstname.lastname@example.org. WACP is currently accepting applications for families with 3-5 year olds that would like to be part of an inclusive, positive, hands-on preschool inspired by Montessori, Reggio Emelia and Waldorf philosophies.Read the full article