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Promoting global environmental awareness through Pen Pals:
When I visit African schools, the students sing songs of welcome, proudly showing me the trees they have planted, and the litter they have cleaned from the surrounding areas. They always request one thing:”Please tell kids in America we want to be in touch with them.”
The world internet community has left behind these African children who live in remote villages, with little access to computers, the internet, or TV. It’s a simple request, but logistically complicated to achieve.
Our Pen Pal Program connects African Children with kids in America to inspire global conservation learning
Children in both countries write notes to explain their environmental concerns and solutions. The letters are exchanged during my semi-annual trips to Africa. Letters from America are presented in re-useable tote bags (from America) emphasizing our concern about plastic bags.
Adelante Charter/Michael Macioce Burka Primary /Salma Msuya
Peabody/Carol Margerum & Mrs. Zuchowicz Naura Priimary /Sariah Munuo
Giansia from Arusha, Tanzania wrote, ”The project was real amazing.I had never seen a person who cares and dare to waste his or her time only because she wants to bring people together.I am very proud of you because you have give people a good motivation on how to take care of environment,by avoiding uses of plastic bags,cutting down trees and all pollutants.Good job Lori!!!”
“Well done Lori. I am Elviro, a students of st. Joseph Arusha Tanzania i am very happy to see that you have try to let us be closer with the kids of abroad where by we were able to see different activities which were very interesting and marvelous.”
“What an exciting day we had in our service learning class at Crane School yesterday, when Lori came to visit! Lori just returned from her trip to Tanzania where she visited a school and dropped off the reusable totes we collected and also the personal notes our students wrote last month for project “Note and Tote”. 31 of our bags were given to children in Tanzania, with a letter inside each one written by one of our 6th graders.
“Lori brought back a personal letter for each 6th grader, written by a 6th grader in Arusha, Tanzania. It was an uplifting and truly memorable experience for all of us. Each letter was heartfelt and talked about life in Arusha and what these children value. They also talked a lot about their Roots and Shoots projects. Lori has a video to show us (in about a month) of the children in Tanzania receiving and reading our letters to them, and today she recorded our students receiving and reading their letters, which she will eventually show to the children in Tanzania. Everyone is excited about writing back to their new pen pal. Students are busy collecting photos to add to the letters this time.”
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