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Yesterday Ella and I went to go get outfits for the Symposium. Sounds kind of stupid, but hey. Nice clothes that I didn’t have to pay for.  (:

Tomorrow’s a teacher work day so Ella and I are going to get together to plan what we’re going to say and what we’re handing out and all that jazz… I think we’re going to make packets of the Pennies for Peace curriculum and hand that out, as well as a copy of another program that is similar to this one so that the teachers have options. It should be cool. We’ll have this blog to show them, as well as a Facebook group which I will create pretty soon, and hopefully Skype. With the technology that is available to us  now (mostly some form of social network or another) you can really get word out.  After we do that, though, we have a meeting with our Assistant Principal who also happens to be head of Global Affairs for the school. It should be fun!

The video below is one I found that really explains what Pennies for Peace does.

 

 

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So now, I’m at the point where I’m prepping for this presentation at Chapel Hill. In it I have to show how I’m using Web 2.0 and 3.0 tools to aid the globalization effort- which, again, is why the blog. I think that it would be much more effective to have a Pennies for Peace effort here at the school already started and running with tangible results when Ella and I actually present, so tonight, I’m going to have a look at ordering the Pennies for Peace Toolkit. I’ve researched it, and it’s pretty nifty- it includes posters, stickers, videos, information, mailing addresses, the whole schebang. The best part, though, is that it includes curriculum for teachers to insert into their lesson plans. So it’s a learning experience all around!

And on another front, my mom totally got tickets to see Greg Mortenson speak at Wake Forest in November. It’s an extra bonus because my sister actually attends Wake as a sophomore- which makes everything easier. It’s on the night of a playoff game (I’m in the marching band), but I think my band directors will let me off for one night. Saving the world is kind of  more important than playing Play That Funky Music, White Boy. (Even though it is fun and I sang that in my head as I typed.) It would be the coolest thing ever to actually MEET him.

Pennies for Peace media of the day:
This is not media so much as a quote I love from the book itself;

“I’m no military expert, and these figures might not be exactly right. But as best as I can tell, we’ve launched 114 Tomahawk cruise missiles into Afghanistan so far. Now take the cost of one of those missiles tipped with a Raytheon guidance system, which I think is about $840,000. For that much money, you could build dozens of schools that could provide tens of thousands of students with a balanced nonextremist education over the course of a generation. Which do you think will make us more secure?”

I got the confirmation email last night that I had been accepted to speak at the WorldView Symposium in Chapel Hill! I’m so excited, it will be a great way to spread the word of what I’m trying to do. We had to pick a “team” to help present, so I chose one of my best friends, Ella Hill. She is President of the Beta Club (leadership, voila), absolutely loves history (she owns an entire colonial dress- and wears it, too!) and she’s practically forcing me to read Where Are You Wearing by Kelsey Timmerman (globalization, eh?) And because she simply was my top pick with one night to fill out the application. But this does mean I will be traveling to speak, which will be fun and amazing.

Below is a video about Pennies for Peace. Enjoy!

Today in my AP English 4 class we somehow got into a discussion about religion. I think that it followed with Beowulf or Grendel, but that’s what we ended up talking about- how to understand literature, you must detach religion from history so that you can analyze the readings from an unbiased standpoint. It was interesting to see how most of my classmates could not do this little thing- simply detaching themselves from their religion for one moment in order to open their minds to something else.

I think that, if I were in their shoes, I might have a hard time, too. I will go ahead and admit that I’m not the most religious person- but that’s neither here nor there. It just astounded me that, for others, opening your mind meant carrying extra baggage. A lot of extra baggage- and with it, a ton of extra flight fees. My intention with Pennies for Peace is to open people’s minds. But to do that, I’m going to have to overcome so much more.

Religion might have nothing to do with what my goal is. And yet, it seems like everything we do- everything from relations between the Middle East and America to giving a child a pencil- drags behind it the lingering tail of a different belief.

Friday I applied to a program called WorldView in Chapel Hill. This application, if accepted, would allow me to be able to address a room full of teachers- grades K-12- on the advantages of using new web technology- mostly interactive- to spur globalization and global studies. The chance to talk to them about Pennies for Peace would be the perfect opportunity to spur the process along. I hope I get it, but if I don’t, then I’ll just have to be creative in other ways.

I want- my vision, at least- is to bring it to nearly all the schools in Union County to reach maximum potential. That would be so cool. Dealing with the elementary schools and the middle schools isn’t too bad. That’s easy enough- all I have to do is tell the classroom with the most change that they get a free ice-cream party. Done deal.  The high schools, however, are where the problems start.

I live in the conservative Bible-Belt of America. And that’s not a problem- at all. I just have to overcome that obstacle. But what an obstacle it is.  Often, when I mention the Middle East or Islam, I do not see interest. I get a remark, similar to this: “Oh. Those Muslims. Why do we want to help them?” It hurts me- it really does- because all they see is face value. They don’t see beyond that. At all. This blindness is the entire reason why we need to teach globalization to our children.
Helping children help children- both ways.

Hello!

Hello! My name is Kristina Drye and I am a senior at Piedmont High School in Monroe, NC. You may wonder why I’ve started this blog. So of course I’m going to tell you. ( :

Sometime last year after final exams, I read a book called Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson. This book was about a guy (named Greg Mortenson) that attempted to climb the mountain K-2- the second largest mountain in the world. Unfortunately, he failed in his task and wandered, weary and cold, into a Pakistani village called Korphe- after these villagers nursed Greg back to health, he wanted to find some way to possibly thank them. When he asked where their school was, he was led to a group of children, writing figures with sticks in the sand. Greg vowed to build them a school, a proper school. After many years, this school was built. Now, Greg builds schools all over Pakistan and Afghanistan in an attempt to educate children- especially girls.

I was, to say the least, inspired. How could one man do so much? I wanted to get involved. Greg Mortenson’s institute, the Central Asia Institute, runs a program called Pennies for Peace. This program is geared toward not only raising money for their schools through students, but also teaching these students about other parts of the world, and how they are not that different, after all. My goal is to start a Pennies for Peace campaign in Union County, and not only raise money but also raise awareness.
Thus the blog ( :

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