The Coast News Group


Pennies for Peace is an organization created by Greg Mortenson, author of “Three Cups of Tea,” that raises funds to build schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan, mostly for girls. There are currently 11 chapters in San Diego County, and most are headed by moms. Its mission is to cultivate every child’s innate ability to foster peace through cross-cultural experiences and hands-on arts, service and environmental projects. Every month the organization distributes peace challenges to the kids. Last month, the youngsters took Pennies for Peace into their classrooms. The entire first and second grades at Del Mar Heights Elementary School pitched in, collecting for the entire month of October. On Nov. 4, the Kids for Peace group gathered up 67,480 pennies, cashed them in and prepared a check at its meeting Nov. 6 for $674.80.