2011-10-11 - Bridges Newsletter

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Aerial view of the human Peace Sign made in 2009 by hundreds of students from Reed Intermediate School in Newtown, CT
BoPH Newsletter                                                    October 11, 2011
The Bridges of Peace and Hope Heroes Award Project
This is a reminder that we are accepting nominations for our 2011 Heroes Award until October 22, 2011. We have received submissions nominating some wonderful candidates for the award, but there is still time for you to submit. The winner will be announced on November 12 at the Palace Theatre in Danbury, CT at the BoPH Heroes Award Concert.
We ask that each class or school choose one person, (or group) that you feel deserves to be recognized as a hero. Please do not nominate famous athletes or entertainers. We wish to honor "everyday" heroes who dedicate themselves to making our world a better place. For more information about the award and guidelines for submissions click on the link below:
Please send submissions to John at  hoperivermusic@yahoo.com 
and Tom Lynch at  tlynch023@gmail.com by October 22.
Evacuation signs like this one suddenly became meaningful when the waters roared through the small towns in New York, Vermont and elsewhere
Caring and Sharing Hurricane Relief Project
After learning about the devastation caused by Hurricane Irene, teachers and students from BoPH classrooms and schools decided they wanted to help. We are collecting winter clothing that is in great condition to deliver to the children in communities that were severely impacted by the flooding. In the Catskills Region of New York state many homes were completely destroyed, and familes lost most or all of their possessions. Now that gorgeous October weather has arrived in New York it's possible to temporarily forget how cold and harsh winters can be here. We know that the families in these hard hit areas need help getting ready for winter. Working with school personnel we have arranged to conduct community events and family concerts in 3 upstate New York towns that were deeply affected by flooding. We will also be facilitating some pen pal exchanges and other collaborations with the schools we are working with.
To learn more about the Caring and Sharing Project, and to see a music video created by Derek Levendusky, a native of the area, please visit this link at the BoPH web site. The video shows many photos taking during and after the flooding and is very well done. The community events we are participating in will be in Windham, Middleburgh, and Margarettville, N.Y. 
Many people have asked us, "How can we help?"
BoPH is NOT a disaster relief organization. We are a small, non-profit of teachers and students working together on projects that promote learning and helping others.  We are not actively asking for financial support so please do not feel pressured to donate. However, if you feel strongly that you would like to make a financial contribution to assist with this project we will work with the schools to make sure your donation goes to those in the most need. We were informed that sometimes those families who could benefit most from a donation are reluctant to come to an event where things will be "given" away because they are proud and ashamed to accept charity. In these instances a gift card presented privately may work best. If this is something you would like to help with, please go to the link below and click "Donate."
In the memo section please write Caring and Sharing Project
Three students from Mukwashi School showing off their BoPH tee shirts on the Community Fun Day at the school
Update on Partnership with Mukwashi School in Zambia

We are pleased to report that our partnership with the Mukwashi Trust School in Lusaka, Zambia has been very successful. Classes in the US have been exchanging penpal letters, artwork, and video greetings with the students and teachers at Mukwashi School. BoPH founder John Farrell and BoPH board member Ms. Carol Gans visited the school in May and spent 3 days working and singing with the school community. John's trip was supported by the American International School of Lusaka in exchange for workshops and concerts he did at the school. Ms. Gans visit was generously self-supported, as she traveled at her own expense. BoPH did not provide any funding for this trip.

Through fundraising done by our member schools, including Reed Intermediate in Newtown, CT, East Ridge Middle School in Ridgefield, CT, AIS Magnet School and Stadley Rough Elem School in Danbury, CT, Sunrise Elem School in Craig, Colorado and Taconic Hills ES in Craryvile, NY, we have been able to donate enough funds to the Mukwashi School to sponsor Grades 2 and 3 for a full year, paying for the teacher's salary and providing materials for the students. To watch a music video of the students and teachers at Mukwashi School please go to the link below on the BoPH web site. The teacher and class you'll see at that link are ones that our donations are supporting.
This is an excellent video to show your students what one school in Africa looks like. Keep in mind that Mukwashi Trust School is a good school by local standards, with smallish class sizes, dedicated teachers, and the support and guidance of a wonderful educator by the name of Ms. Laura Manni, and a small team of dedicated volunteers and supporters. We are pround to be a part of that team.
When watching the video ask your students to note what is the same and what is different about the classrooms, school grounds, student's clothing, and other aspects of this school in Africa. We think you'll really appreciate this video and find it educational, entertaining and inspirational. It's about 6 minutes long.
BoPH Raffle of Quilt, Concert and Tee Shirts
The beautiful quilt to the right was created for BoPH by master quilters Mary Jain Dayger and Darlene Humphrey. The quilt is first prize in the raffle being conducted to raise funds for BoPH projects. The raffle details are as follows;
First Prize:  The Tranquiltity Quilt (estimated value of $950)
Second Prize: Free John Farrell Concert at Your School or Event
  Third Prizes: BoPH Tee Shirts  (five winners)
Raffle tkts are 2 tkts for $5  or 5 tkts for $10. 
Tickets available by mail until November 5, 2012.
Drawing will be November 12 at the Heroes Award Concert. You do not need to be present to win.
You can purchase tickets by sending a check for the correct amount made out
to Bridges of Peace and Hope.
Please send your check, including name, telephone, email addressand self addressed stamped envelope.      Send payment to:  
BoPH Raffle
PO Box 742
Hillsdale, NY     12529
If you have questions about the raffle please email John at  hoperivermusic@yahoo.com
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working together to promote learning and help others.

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