Amidst the usual carnage and atrocities that usually grace my morning inbox, I was hugely pleased to recently receive the following letter. When I read about projects like this, I truly believe that we can indeed change the world! If you would like to be included, please follow the link at the bottom of the letter.
Dear Lucinda, my name is Betsy Sawyer, I am a middle school teacher in Groton, MA. I have been working with a group of students for almost 4 yrs. now on a wonderful peace project. We would like to tell you about it and hope that you may write to us and be included in our project. We recently received letters from Cathy Hoffman, Sayre Sheldon and Helen Caldicott. We have also heard from Jimmy Carter, the Dalai Lama, and Nelson Mandela along with hundreds of everyday people. We would be honored to include you in our project and hope you will respond. The name of our project is: Big Book: Pages for Peace.
I began an after school club called the Bookmakers and Dreamers club hoping to inspire middle school kids to write and design their own little books. I began with 7 students who initially challenged me to help them register with the Guinness World Book to break a record for building the biggest book in the world. When I returned the challenge to come up with a worthy topic for such a big book, they chose the topic of Peace – or more specifically, “What can kids do to help create a more peaceful world?” My students explained to me that as Bookmakers, they wanted to build a special book that other kids would be attracted to and really read. As Dreamers, they wanted to make a difference in the world and share thoughts and messages of peace with other people worldwide.
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