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RE: School Children in Iraq Need Supplies


From: Madeline Fersko (maddy74_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Oct 15 2004 - 13:41:55 PDT

That is such an incredible story:) Its so nice to hear of people who really have made a difference.


>From: cen_aca_dp <>
>Reply-To: "ArtsEdNet Talk" <>
>To: "ArtsEdNet Talk" <>
>Subject: RE: School Children in Iraq Need Supplies
>Date: Fri, 15 Oct 2004 12:04:31 -0400
>Warning: this is long, but I am passionate about our troops. :)
>As many of you know, my husband returned in April after having served a year
>long deployment in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. While
>he was there, he organized an Adopt-A-Village program in which my school and a
>local college adopted a school in a town in "The Stan". We collected and sent
>several hundred pounds of clothing, toiletries, and school supplies. In
>particular, I sent loads of art supplies. Also, my students created "Peace
>Doves" based on Pablo Picasso's works to be handed out. After months of
>reconnaissance, the Army finally found a safe village and passed out the
>supplies to the children there. These are children who go to school in shifts
>because they have a one room school. Imagine how grateful they were for all
>they received. I even have a picture of a little boy, barely 4, holding onto a
>pair of sneakers, obviously way too big for him, his face beaming. I do wish I
>could share it with you...
>Now to the point of my post (thank you for your patience!). I will definitely
>support Judy's efforts in sending supplies overseas for several reasons (won't
>mention them all here).
>First of all, by sending supplies to the troops to hand out, you are
>supporting them. The men and women who serve our country need ways of reaching
>out to the locals and showing their caring nature. My husband said that the
>experience of helping those children was incredible.
>Secondly, aren't we promoting a world of peace in our own simple way?
>I would rather those children think fondly of Americans while drawing a
>picture with their new markers than have them join in the hatred that is so
>wide spread.
>So, sign me up, Judy.
>Denise Pannell
>Defiance, OH